Bolton and Farrell earn Australia contracts
Nicole Bolton and Rene Farrell have both earned Cricket Australia contracts for 2014-15 after missing out on last year's list, while Rachael Haynes has been axed. A 15-player squad has been named for the next year, which includes home series against Pakistan and West Indies, and the group is largely the same as the 14-member squad selected last May.
Haynes was the only player dropped and although Bolton and Farrell were not part of last year's group, both had earned contract upgrades over the course of the season. Julie Savage, the chair of the women's selection panel, said she expected the 15 contracted players to form the basis of the Australia women's teams for the matches later this year.
"All of the 15 players currently hold a CA playing contract, with Nicole Bolton and Rene Farrell having received contract upgrades during the previous period," Savage said. "Farrell played an integral part in both the home Women's Ashes Series and the 2014 ICC Women's World T20 victory, while Bolton made a memorable century on debut in an ODI at the MCG during the Women's Ashes.
"Rachael Haynes has been omitted from the contract list following a period where her performances with the bat have not reached the heights that she is capable of. As she is a very determined and talented cricketer, we are confident we will see more of her on the international stage in future."
In 2014-15, the top retainer for the nationally-contracted players will be $54,600 and the minimum retainer is $25,850, up from $52,000 and $25,000 respectively last year. The additional payment of $250 per day when touring remains the same.
Contract list for 2014-15 Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Jodie Fields, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.