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CA details contract offers for 2017-18

Stanlake, Agar and Cartwright big winners in proposed offers awaiting MOU confirmation

Cricket Australia has today announced 33 male and female players as its centrally contracted players for 2017-18.

Twenty men and 13 women have been offered contracts by CA, which are intended to come in to effect on 1 July this year.

Towering Queensland quick Billy Stanlake and Western Australia allrounders Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwight have been offered contracts for the first time.

Tasmania allrounder James Faulkner, NSW wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, WA batsman Shaun Marsh and Victoria fast bowler Peter Siddle were not offered contracts. 

CA male contract offers for 2017-18: Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

CA female contract offers for 2017-18: Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

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"We have selected 20 players for this year’s contract list with a focus on players who we believe could play a part in an exciting 12 months of cricket, which includes the Ashes and an important away Test Series against South Africa," said National Selector Trevor Hohns.

"Consideration has also been given to some players who we believe could potentially play in all three formats for Australia."

Contract list newcomers Cartwright and Stanlake made their international debuts this summer, while Agar was one of four spinners chosen for the Qantas Tour of India last month.

"Hilton has thoroughly earned his spot in the list this year," Hohns said. "He was the second highest runs scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season and, when given his opportunity with the Test side last summer, he impressed.

"He is an exciting prospect for Australian cricket and we look forward to seeing him perform for Australia in the coming 12 months, if given his opportunity.  

"Ashton is a talented young player who we consider offers a fantastic package with his batting, bowling and fielding, and someone who is capable of playing all forms of the game.

"Billy has picked up the last spot on the contract list for the coming season. 

"We see him as a player of immense talent and a great option for Australia in the future.

"We want to be able to monitor his progress in the coming 12 months, not dissimilar to what we have done with Pat Cummins in the past."

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Batsmen Joe Burns and George Bailey, pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and John Hastings and retired batsman Adam Voges were the other male players who were CA contracted last year not to receive an offer.

The women's proposed contract list features a mix of the past and future, with Rachel Haynes offered a contract for the fist time in four years while Amanda-Jade Wellington earns a maiden contract.

"We’re really pleased with the calibre of players knocking on the door, with several having already made their international debuts last summer, and believe that these players have the ability and drive to continue their dominance as the best team in the world,’’ said National Selector Shawn Flegler.

"Having claimed more World Cup titles than any other country and won every major trophy, this side now has the chance to stake their claim as one of the most successful teams in Australian sporting history. That will continue to make cricket the sport of choice for women and girls all over the country."

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For those who missed out, a player can earn a upgraded CA contract by gaining national selection during the year.

Female players need to earn 12 upgrade points, with four points awarded for a Test appearance, two for an ODI and one for a T20I.

Male players also require 12 points to earn an upgrade, but Test matches are worth five points, while ODIs and T20Is mirror their female colleagues. 

The contract lists, for both national and domestic teams, will be finalised once the new MOU between CA and the ACA is in place, which is scheduled to be completed by 1 July. 

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