Cricket Australia contract list 2010-11 April 7, 2010

Australia look to Ashes with contract list

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Australia's selectors have outlined their plans for the Ashes and next year's World Cup after retaining faith in their recent influx of emerging talent. Andrew Hilditch's panel dropped a couple of senior bowlers in Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken, but gave full-time contracts to the fresh quicks Ryan Harris and Clint McKay for 2010-11.

Steven Smith, the exciting allrounder from New South Wales, wins his first spot in the 25-man list while Tasmania's Tim Paine has replaced Graham Manou as the back-up keeper. Andrew McDonald seems fortunate to hold his place, although he will come into contention for the tour of England, and Callum Ferguson, the South Australia batsman, is retained despite not playing since a knee reconstruction in October. Shaun Tait remains in favour while David Hussey misses out, and Brad Hodge's first-class retirement officially ended his remote chances of another deal.

Clark has not represented his country since the Ashes defeat at The Oval in August and Bracken spent much of the season out following knee surgery. "It is disappointing for Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken who have not received contracts," Hilditch said. "Both Stuart and Nathan have fantastic records for Australia and not renewing their contracts was a very hard decision. The reality is that other bowlers have seized the opportunity over the last six months in both Test and limited-overs cricket. I am sure Nathan and Stuart will look to start next season well and force their way back into the Australian side."

While the rankings remain confidential, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson should have filled the top four places for retainers of around A$1.5 million in the contract period beginning on July 1. It is a big leap for Watson, who has become an essential player in all three forms after securing his Test spot as an opener during the Ashes tour. Since then he has scored 926 runs at 54.47 and taken 13 wickets in 10 matches, while also being an important asset in the one-day and Twenty20 teams.

Brett Lee's ranking has dropped dramatically after his Test retirement, while Doug Bollinger and Harris have stepped up from the fringes after their strong displays in the five-day outfit. "The Australian side is very much in the final stages of its preparation for ... the Ashes series in Australia and the World Cup for 50-over cricket in India," Hilditch said. "The contract list has a good blend of experience and youth, and recognises the very strong performances of the Australian side in Test and limited-overs cricket this summer."

The selectors rate the players from one to 20 in both Test and limited-overs sections, with the numbers combined to achieve an overall ranking. Five players qualified for fixed contracts by finishing in the top six of each list and will earn an average of $1.5m over the next year, including all game fees. The 25th-ranked man receives a retainer of $200,000 and the amounts rise incrementally. Additional marketing contracts allow the players to collect another six-figure sum while prize-money, match payments (for 20 members) and personal endorsements are added extras.

The panel takes into account form over the past 12 months and the likelihood of the cricketers appearing in international sides in the next year. The number of Twenty20 internationals on the calendar has made it hard for short-form specialists, such as David Warner and David Hussey, to gain contracts and they will have to rely on their state deals unless they qualify for a national contract through international appearances.

However, Tait, who only plays Twenty20 and domestic one-dayers, held his spot. "We see him as an important member of the World Twenty20 squad and a real chance to force his way back into the Australian 50-over side," Hilditch said. "At his best he is a powerful weapon in limited-overs cricket."

The size of the payment pool has convinced James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, that the sport is an increasingly attractive career-choice. "Australia's top-level cricketers are well paid with marketing contract incentives rewarding players for their off-field work on behalf of cricket and recognising that this is an important part of their roles," he said. "In addition to CA-contracted players, it is also important to note that state payments continue to increase." The minimum for a domestic contract is $50,000, rising to a maximum of $140,000.

2010-11 contracted players Doug Bollinger, Michael Clarke, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Marcus North, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • santhoshkudva on April 10, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    why didnt they pick david hussey when he was at his best? in my opinion, he is one of the greatest cricketers outside an international test side. there was a time when he could easily have been picked ahead of Michael Clarke and Marcus North into the test team. his exploits for Nottinghamshire and victoria are legendary.

  • Stevo_ on April 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Hussey and Warner don't deserve contracts, they are just 20/20 players. The less "specialist" players the better. Warner has no place amongst real cricketers.

    And its true - Adelaide runs are believed to be "cheap" runs

  • __PK on April 8, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Don;t waste too much sympathy for Warner and D Hussey. The contract list needs to reward Test and ODI players first, because the T20 specialists will get massive one-off paydays.

  • sanzo5 on April 8, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    why does CA restrict david warner to T20 alone??? i am sure he can be a good ODI batsmen as well... and why no to bracken????

  • sam_4 on April 8, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    It's really ridiculous to see such a worst contract of the era. I don't understand why Cricket Australia can't understand match winners. Bracken has been a gem in the game at the same time Lee is totally out of form which we can see in IPL. Every player gets stuck with injuries but that doesn't mean we have to give such cruel treatment to player. Any I assure you all CA is going to pay for such an act. They wont be even able to retain the world cup, that is 100% sure.

  • on April 8, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    wonder why david hussey is not in the list? hussey is actually an integral part of australia's world twenty20 squad while brett lee who is also a part of the squad is in the fag end of his career.what's the thinking behind that?

  • A.P.B. on April 8, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Some good points there Gilly, but you can't say North is a fringe player!!! He's held his spot in the test side for 12 months! Had a rough summer but batted well in NZ especially 1st test when he needed to. Hilfy would be in front of both Siddle and Harris if fit, so not a fringe player either. Glad to see Fergusson kept his spot, was doing very, very well before knee injury. Very surprised to see Tait kept his contract. I'm a big fan of his and love watching him bowl, but the bloke is a 20/20 specialist and has refused to play Shield cricket for SA. Why does he get a contract and not Warner or Hussey? Hussey streets ahead of Voges. Also what about Klinger?? Made big runs two seasons in a row! Any thoughts?? Same old story ... Adelaide runs worth less than Sydney runs!!

  • popcorn on April 8, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Nathan Bracken has been a match winnerand ODI World Ciup and Champions Trophy Winner. i am shocked that he has been dropped. He should have been retained.Brett Lee is a question mark. Easier to comeback after a knee surgery than an elbow surgery -hence my choice on Nathan Bracken.also,David Hussey deserves a contract,but can't see who could have been dropped. Voges?

  • wix99 on April 8, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    I am surprised Andrew McDonald got a contract. He is a talented cricketer, but why did the selectors fail to pick him for a single match during the Australian summer?

    I think Cricket Australia may have to look at a new contract system to deal with T20 specialists like David Warner.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 8, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Commenting on the list itself: Callum Ferguson, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Philip Hughes, Andrew McDonald, Marcus North, Shaun Tait and especially Adam Voges are probably a bit lucky to be in the list, as they are very much fringe players. David Hussey and David Warner probably could warrant selection ahead of some of those guys. Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken are also more than a little unlucky to miss out. All of 5 months ago Stuart Clark won us an Ashes match with a brilliant spell of bowling, while Nathan Bracken is still ranked very highly in ODI cricket. Just the same, them's the breaks and it seems like it was decided fairly so fair enough.

  • santhoshkudva on April 10, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    why didnt they pick david hussey when he was at his best? in my opinion, he is one of the greatest cricketers outside an international test side. there was a time when he could easily have been picked ahead of Michael Clarke and Marcus North into the test team. his exploits for Nottinghamshire and victoria are legendary.

  • Stevo_ on April 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Hussey and Warner don't deserve contracts, they are just 20/20 players. The less "specialist" players the better. Warner has no place amongst real cricketers.

    And its true - Adelaide runs are believed to be "cheap" runs

  • __PK on April 8, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Don;t waste too much sympathy for Warner and D Hussey. The contract list needs to reward Test and ODI players first, because the T20 specialists will get massive one-off paydays.

  • sanzo5 on April 8, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    why does CA restrict david warner to T20 alone??? i am sure he can be a good ODI batsmen as well... and why no to bracken????

  • sam_4 on April 8, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    It's really ridiculous to see such a worst contract of the era. I don't understand why Cricket Australia can't understand match winners. Bracken has been a gem in the game at the same time Lee is totally out of form which we can see in IPL. Every player gets stuck with injuries but that doesn't mean we have to give such cruel treatment to player. Any I assure you all CA is going to pay for such an act. They wont be even able to retain the world cup, that is 100% sure.

  • on April 8, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    wonder why david hussey is not in the list? hussey is actually an integral part of australia's world twenty20 squad while brett lee who is also a part of the squad is in the fag end of his career.what's the thinking behind that?

  • A.P.B. on April 8, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Some good points there Gilly, but you can't say North is a fringe player!!! He's held his spot in the test side for 12 months! Had a rough summer but batted well in NZ especially 1st test when he needed to. Hilfy would be in front of both Siddle and Harris if fit, so not a fringe player either. Glad to see Fergusson kept his spot, was doing very, very well before knee injury. Very surprised to see Tait kept his contract. I'm a big fan of his and love watching him bowl, but the bloke is a 20/20 specialist and has refused to play Shield cricket for SA. Why does he get a contract and not Warner or Hussey? Hussey streets ahead of Voges. Also what about Klinger?? Made big runs two seasons in a row! Any thoughts?? Same old story ... Adelaide runs worth less than Sydney runs!!

  • popcorn on April 8, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Nathan Bracken has been a match winnerand ODI World Ciup and Champions Trophy Winner. i am shocked that he has been dropped. He should have been retained.Brett Lee is a question mark. Easier to comeback after a knee surgery than an elbow surgery -hence my choice on Nathan Bracken.also,David Hussey deserves a contract,but can't see who could have been dropped. Voges?

  • wix99 on April 8, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    I am surprised Andrew McDonald got a contract. He is a talented cricketer, but why did the selectors fail to pick him for a single match during the Australian summer?

    I think Cricket Australia may have to look at a new contract system to deal with T20 specialists like David Warner.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 8, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Commenting on the list itself: Callum Ferguson, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Philip Hughes, Andrew McDonald, Marcus North, Shaun Tait and especially Adam Voges are probably a bit lucky to be in the list, as they are very much fringe players. David Hussey and David Warner probably could warrant selection ahead of some of those guys. Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken are also more than a little unlucky to miss out. All of 5 months ago Stuart Clark won us an Ashes match with a brilliant spell of bowling, while Nathan Bracken is still ranked very highly in ODI cricket. Just the same, them's the breaks and it seems like it was decided fairly so fair enough.

  • on April 8, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    i dont get why nannes isnt in the squad, hes better than most aussie pacers!

  • Pazman on April 8, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Dave Huss missing out is a joke! Member of Victoria who were Shield and T20 champions and runners up in 50/50. Plus being the leading shield run scorer for the summer and smashing 170 odd in theshield final. What more does a bloke need to do. Maybe he would be better off doing stuff all like Marsh, Voges and North. Bracken missing out entirely is amazing as as well. Our best 50/50 bowler 6 months ago.

  • on April 8, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    There will always be squads chosen that do not satisfy every Fan . I think the Selector's have done a good job , and everyone should be in encouragement mode and get behind them . It does not matter one iota what one Fan may think in disagreement with the chosen Squad member's , that is what WE (all us supporter's) are going to support when in Competition . Bring on the Test Series (the real one) ASAP. Like words of the song , with slight alteration , "Can't wait for Summer to play Cricket in the Park ". Oi Oi Oi .

  • Markus71 on April 7, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Well Done C.A. not 100% , but close enough! yeh I think P.George & D.Warner r close,but r both 24 before the coming Ashes. There maybe a few more youngsters in the Queue as well next contract . With a new schedule from the ICC a waiting, that WILL be interesting! :onlinegamer- R.Harris didn't "come out of the blue"!! :DTAI- Aussies need 1 of ,if they r to continue no.1 in O.D.Is!! :Gilly4ever- R.Ponting isn't no.1 .How could he? The rankings r on 3 forms ... thats how I read it. I'd say M.Clarke w'ld be No.1 then!! next? who knows.

  • kurtrudder on April 7, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    @bashiralam The world does not revolve around T20 cricket......Warner has no place in this list of contracted players.

    @SFay, I'm not Andrew McDonald's biggest fan either but he has done the business every time he is called upon......and world cricket needs more military medium in the mould of Snedden and Alderman

  • Stevo_ on April 7, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Andrew McDonald is a big big ? mark for me.

  • dissapointed on April 7, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Not a scary attack?

    Hilfenhaus, Johnson, Harris with Watson as a part timer, mix in Steve Smith who's been holding himself back in the spin department, 3 guys hitting 90MPH plus, one of the best reverse swing bowlers around, a leg spinner = trouble.

    Also, with that bowling lineup, Johnson comes in at 9!

    Clarke, Ponting in the covers, the best slip cordon going around, Hussey in the Gully and rocket arms and agility in the outfield, good night England and any other team from this point on.

  • bashiralam on April 7, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    well this contact list is looking very good but i think WARNER and DAVID remains unlucky.

  • on April 7, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    just saw michael clarke and phil hughes smashed out clubbing in newcastle, phil hughes not representing a professional sportsperson well, but obviously celebrating his guaranteed pay for the year

  • Rampsfan on April 7, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Attack's not scary at all. We're going to do it, we're going to do it. England are going to win Down Under and English mum KP will come back our greatest player in a generation, period. I'm staying up all night this winter, just for the Broad father and son tears.

  • BinduKumar on April 7, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    looks good but Aus could have benefited with the inclusion of Warner and Nannes though!

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I like the ranking system for deciding on payments. Other countries could do with going with a similar system. I am not convinced that the rankings need to stay confidential either. Where is the harm in telling the world how they are ranked?

    Surely top 5 are: Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and either Michael Hussey or Brad Haddin (it would be tight for 5th spot).

    I do wonder if there should be 3 separate lists though, for the 3 different forms of the game. Perhaps something to consider for the future.

  • D.V.C. on April 7, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    No place for best performing domestic spinner! McGain topped the wickets and average column for Shefield Sheild spinners again this year, despite not playing every game!

  • on April 7, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Carn @Ooops lets not try and tempt the selectors to promote more NSW players. Perphaps the names of Hastings, Cutting as other possible bowlers or Klinger as batsman considered unlucky..

  • Wobber on April 7, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    The selectors have done a reasonable job. However, there are a few who can consider themselves lucky. eg: Brett Lee - whilst he has been good for Australia, it is time to continue to provide opportunities for future players. How good have Bollinger & Harris been? Not convinced with Ferguson/Tait/McDonald. Also, David Hussey could be a bit unlucky? A class act, perhaps has not shone with limited opportunities, but coming from a New South Welshman - not a bad rap for a 'Mexican'!

  • BillyCC on April 7, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    The bowling stocks are the key to the future of Australian test cricket and the contracted players are lacking in at least one more spinner and two more Test bowlers given that Siddle and Hilfenhaus are both injured. Perhaps it is time to expand this list to 35 players or separate out the list into Test, ODI and T20 playing rosters.

  • on April 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    why isnt dirk nannes in the list?????????????

  • Rev0408 on April 7, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    I agree with bernied - Voges shouldn't have been awarded a contract, as I don't believe he offers much for the future in the Test or ODI formats - he is not bad in T20. One thing I reckon CA need to do is help Warner move to another state. There is always alot being said about how NSW dominates selections blah blah, but at the moment it is justified, particularly with the batting (and that hurts to say as a QLDer!). Jacques, Hughes, Katich, Watson, Khawaja, Smith, Warner and Clarke is an abundance of riches, and it is no surprise there isn't a spot for Warner. Imagine the potential of the kid if he can move interstate (hell, it worked for Hussey and Katich), knuckle down, and improve his ability. I'm excited about the future, imagine a team for 2015 - Hughes Watson Clarke Khawaja Ferguson Smith batting, Paine or Wade keeping, Johnson Siddle Hilfenhaus for pace and I guess Hauritz will keep things tidy...unless Smith's leggies come along way!

  • gr8waseem2002 on April 7, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    i dont know where is David Hussey and dirk Nannes in the list i think both of them are good players in all form of the game

  • DTAI on April 7, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Brett Lee and Shaun Tait's inclusion on that list is ridiculous.

  • ZAPP_86 on April 7, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    England will beat AUS in their backyard which makes it even sweeter. i can't wait hope the guys keep their form intact then we'll take them on. . AUS have a good team but we can beat them our squad is strong and i believe we'll retain the Ashes. Go England :-)

  • RobTay14 on April 7, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Too strong for England i think, but why the hell is Tait in the side. He just tries to rip the ball down the other end as fast as humanly possible and hopes that it's on target.. Like when he lost the T20 for Australia against New Zealand this year in the elimination over, that was plain embarrassing. Open your eyes!

  • ZAPP_86 on April 7, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    England r always underrated bt its good coz Aussies gonna get beaten in their backyard which tastes even better :-) England will retain the ashes lets hope everyone in the squad is fit

  • onlinegamer55 on April 7, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Nathan Bracken deserves a spot more than Ryan Harris. Just because Harris scored two consecutive 5 wicket hauls (against a terrible batting side), doesn't mean that he deserves a test call-up. Do you know what I'd like to see? Guys like Harris, Johnson and Bollinger being smashed out of the park in the Ashes, and subsequently dropped. You can't treat senior players like a bunch of cards. Guys like Lee, Bracken and Clark have performed incredibly when selected and have done absolutely nothing wrong. They've taken more five wicket hauls than any current bowler in the side. So just because a bowler comes out of the blue and takes 5 wicket hauls against a team low on confidence, you trash the careers of others? I hope the Australian selectors learn that cricket selection isn't just about winning; it's about rewarding players who perform and maintaining faith. They do that for guys like Shane Watson, so is there some favoritism going around in the Australian camp? I can't think otherwise.

  • bernied on April 7, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Disappointed to Voges retained as he has done absolutely nothing over summer. Good at state level, but never capitalises on international chances. Tait is worth having for T20's but I doubt he'll ever return to ODI's; could have let his contract slip and just call him in for the 7 hours/year of T20's when required. This would have allowed D.Hussey and D.Warner to be included, which would have been much more beneficial.

  • MikR on April 7, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I think Brad Hodge should be given a chance in T20 or ODI instead of Andrew McDonald. Hodge is the leading scorer in T20 and has a preety good average in domestic 50 over cricket.

  • venkatesh018 on April 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Dirk nannes missing out is a shocker. Can't the selectors convince him to play ODIs along with the T20s. i agree with ooops that josh hazelwood deserved a spot.

  • mariofan97 on April 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Yeah yeah , James Hopes that Brett Lee doesnt get better! He is.

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on April 7, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    I am impressed with the selection of new faces and omitting big names such as Bracken and Stewart Clark without any fear. This is the way country develops its sports and bring talented challenge for the world. Asian countries like Pakistan, Sri lanka and Bangladesh must learn lesson from this selection. i must give full marks to Hilditch's panel. Its a big shame for selection panel of Pakistan that they are giving A Category contracts to players with averaging 20s and 30s in Test Cricket and then expecting them to win the world.

    (Advice for Pakistani Selection Panel). Mr. Mohsin and his team must learn the lesson and try to find some exciting talent benchmarking Australian selection panel.

  • mks_619 on April 7, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Great team from AUS. Eng have a tough job on hand. But I think that both the teams are capable enough to clinch the ASHES. Eng too have a strong squad. The ASHES will be a tough contest.

  • redneck on April 7, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    not too much wrong with the 25 players! nannes i think would miss out as he put dehli before victoria last year, and only has a shot in making the twenty20 team! and warner will probably get a maximum state contract as every other state is trying to pry him from new south wales grasp, and should only be considered in twenty20 selection! surly hughes has to be given a shot at ODI cricket over giving warner a second go! prehaps klinger should get a gurnsey over voges too, he may play for woeful south australia but he has topped the run scorers list for the last 2 years in the domestic sceen! overall nothing to suprising or outrageous in the 25!

  • on April 7, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    i cant be people are bagging Voges!!! he is a magnificant batter for western australia and you cant expect him to be fantastic for Australia straight away people have to give him time to get used to international cricket!

  • on April 7, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    David Hussey should be in there. He's a valuable member of the t20 team, and his First Class record is fantastic. Pity he's on in years, otherwise he would have been a great asset.

  • Ooops on April 7, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Good to see Steven Smith in list, I think J.Hazlewood and Usman Khawaja missed the bus.

  • A_HTIMAN on April 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Still I think Nathan Bracken should be given a chance as the contract list lacks of a medium pace swing bowler which is very essential. It's hard to hit them on swinging pitches with lack of pace... just like Chaminda Vass

  • on April 7, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    still a brilliant team. don't think england will manage this one. good luck to both teams from south africa

  • McPiggle on April 7, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Despite the unlucky players losing their contracts, the squad remains strong as ever.

  • cheeseburgers on April 7, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Bring back Warne to recapture Ashes...bring back the Aura....

  • ChargerXI on April 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Where is Dirk Nannes? His performance have been incredible for Australia in the past year an half especially in T20.

  • on April 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Disappointed to see Voges there - he has alot of talent but never capitalises on his opportunities. Would rather see David Warner take his spot - the selectors should try and bring him back into the ODI side again like they are supposedly trying to do with Tait. Warner has had some time to mature since he failed in the ODI side a couple of years ago

  • jeysh18 on April 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Hi, the sub-heading should read 'Bracken, Clark cut', and not Clarke..

  • mandi on April 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    australian selector looking for building future team,d.hussey should be in list,at last looking ok,

  • Woody111 on April 7, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Overall the list makes sense and it is nice to see the regulars of limited overs cricket (who will never play test cricket) get rewarded for missing state games to play in fluro colours. BUT, why is Tait getting anything at all? He won't play ODIs so he is getting money for playing several hours of cricket per year bowling 4 overs. So Peter George misses out when he's infintely more likely to wear the baggy green. Why Voges gets anything is beyond me too. I've never seen him doing anything of value for Aus. At least Hopes can bat a bit and bowls. What is Voges meant to do again?

  • JonnyBoy777 on April 7, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    BRACKEN DROPPED AND MCDONALD IN THATS MAD WHAT WERE THEY THINKING

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  • JonnyBoy777 on April 7, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    BRACKEN DROPPED AND MCDONALD IN THATS MAD WHAT WERE THEY THINKING

  • Woody111 on April 7, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Overall the list makes sense and it is nice to see the regulars of limited overs cricket (who will never play test cricket) get rewarded for missing state games to play in fluro colours. BUT, why is Tait getting anything at all? He won't play ODIs so he is getting money for playing several hours of cricket per year bowling 4 overs. So Peter George misses out when he's infintely more likely to wear the baggy green. Why Voges gets anything is beyond me too. I've never seen him doing anything of value for Aus. At least Hopes can bat a bit and bowls. What is Voges meant to do again?

  • mandi on April 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    australian selector looking for building future team,d.hussey should be in list,at last looking ok,

  • jeysh18 on April 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Hi, the sub-heading should read 'Bracken, Clark cut', and not Clarke..

  • on April 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Disappointed to see Voges there - he has alot of talent but never capitalises on his opportunities. Would rather see David Warner take his spot - the selectors should try and bring him back into the ODI side again like they are supposedly trying to do with Tait. Warner has had some time to mature since he failed in the ODI side a couple of years ago

  • ChargerXI on April 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Where is Dirk Nannes? His performance have been incredible for Australia in the past year an half especially in T20.

  • cheeseburgers on April 7, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Bring back Warne to recapture Ashes...bring back the Aura....

  • McPiggle on April 7, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Despite the unlucky players losing their contracts, the squad remains strong as ever.

  • on April 7, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    still a brilliant team. don't think england will manage this one. good luck to both teams from south africa

  • A_HTIMAN on April 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Still I think Nathan Bracken should be given a chance as the contract list lacks of a medium pace swing bowler which is very essential. It's hard to hit them on swinging pitches with lack of pace... just like Chaminda Vass