Australia news July 6, 2012

South Australia cull six from contract list

ESPNcricinfo staff

Long-term South Australia players Daniel Harris, Cameron Borgas and Aaron O'Brien have all lost their state deals after the Redbacks pruned their contract list significantly, having failed to win a Sheffield Shield match last summer. South Australia have also cut the allrounder Theo Doropoulos and the fast bowler Mick Delaney, while the batsman Aiden Blizzard has signed a two-year deal with Tasmania after the Redbacks did not offer him a new contract.

South Australia have named a 16-man squad for next summer, including their only Cricket Australia-contracted player, Nathan Lyon. The Redbacks had already announced their major inclusions, the new captain Johan Botha, and the former Test opener Phillip Hughes from New South Wales, while the fast bowler Joe Mennie has been upgraded to a full contract from the rookie list.

Mennie, 23, was one of the first-class success stories for South Australia last summer, collecting 23 wickets at 26.26 in his maiden season of Sheffield Shield cricket. Daniel Worrall, a fast bowler from the Melbourne Cricket Club, has been handed a rookie deal, while the batsmen Travis Head and Alex Ross have also been added to the rookie list. Last year's rookies Ben Dougall and Tom Thornton have been dropped.

The Redbacks won the Ryobi Cup last season but are desperate for improvement in the longer format, having won only one Shield match over the past two summers. Jamie Cox, the state's director of cricket, said South Australia were happy with the balance of their squad.

"It is no secret that we are delighted with the new additions of an international captain in Johan Botha, and a player with Australian Test experience in Phillip Hughes," Cox said. "To retain the rest of our list is a fantastic result for South Australia and we believe we have a squad that is capable of some exciting cricket in the coming summer."

South Australia squad Cullen Bailey, Johan Botha, Daniel Christian, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Peter George, Jake Haberfield, Phillip Hughes, Michael Klinger, Tim Ludeman, Nathan Lyon (Cricket Australia contract), Joe Mennie, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, James Smith. Rookies Travis Head, Elliot Opie, Alex Ross, Daniel Worrall.

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  • Andrew on July 8, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Just on Borgas - I think he got a gig in the SL T20 league, whilst the money isn't big, he won't be destitute.

  • Andrew on July 6, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    @Abhishek - do you know how old Hughes is? He could play for SA for another 10yrs! Borgas is not good enuff. A bloke who plays on the best batting strip in OZ who can only ave 30 (just), is not a great loss. As for the T20, that is whole different contract list. IF O'Brien & Borgas are so good, they'll have no problems in getting another T20 contract or for that matter - another state. BTW - O'Brien was an "acquired" talent. On "acquisitions" - I would imagine unless there is a massive shift in population demographics, Tasmania & Sth Oz will forever be net importers of talent.

  • Tomek on July 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Abhisek Bharadwaj: Just curious.....Phil Hughes, another state reject? People cross state borders in all countries. And so they should. South Australia hasn't produced a batsman worthy of keeping their place...? Contract lists are just those paid up, if the others want to step up and score some District runs they will get a gig, and a contract. While I agree some of these guys haven't done too much wrong the point is that if they were averaging 40+ then they wouldn't be going anywhere. As for the argument that they are good 20/20 players that has nothing to do with the states any more. The states don't control the 20/20 teams.

  • Christopher on July 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @Abhisek Bharadwaj...I'm not sure by what factual data you are implying that introduced players wont have a benefit. On the contrary,the evidence is that in Shield and List A that states have often benefited from imported players. If 20/20 was the sole criterion for State cricket,then the same might as well be applied to the Test and ODI side.Shield and List A must remain the gold standards and 20 over a side games as made for tv entertainment.If introduced players lift the standard and encourage contenders to do the same,then everyone around the organisation wins.The purpose is to advance the culture of the organisation by an infusion from those who already possess it.Often it can be as little as observing a training regimen or understanding the ethic necessary to play at international level.All those displaced players are still able to push their case at district or BBL level.If Sth Aust win the Shield or List A in 2012/13 & the new players do well,I'm sure you wont complain.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Cutting Borgas is probably the daftest idea so far this year cricket wise. Great shorter form player and I have seen him make big scores locally in the longer format. Needed another season to prove his worth, but as usual our hierarchy are throwing their weight around to make it look as if they are trying to do something about our poor showing in the longer forms of the game.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    O'Brien sacrificed for Botha n Harris for Hughes...these acquired talents are not going to benefit SA much in the long term....Borgas was an excellent T20 player and in fact all the 3 had formidable recordes in the shortest format...I think its time SA start playing home-built players rather than looking at other state rejects

  • Aswin on July 6, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Big summer for cooper

  • Shane on July 6, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    i know Dan Harris had a pretty average year in 11/12 but wouldve thought he is a bit unlucky. Victim of Hughes coming across.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    why didnt SA try harder to find a new wicket keeper, ludeman is useless with the bat

  • David on July 6, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Ouch, Dan Harris was playing well, Doropoulos looked pretty hungry and Aaron O'Brien was a surprise packet. Hughes and Botha will want to have pretty impressive seasons if the Redbacks are going to challenge anyone in the Sheffield Shield.

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