World number three batsman Marnus Labuschagne earns his name in Cricket Australia’s 2020-21 contracted player list ahead of a crucial but uncertain summer.
The announcement of 20 men comes after the board recently said the coronavirus pandemic had cost it 20 million dollars (₤10 million) with more severe impacts expected if the upcoming T20 World Cup and India’s tour of the country are canceled.
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Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns stated the list provided a “strong balance.”
Limited overs specialist Ashton Agar, Test opening batsman Joe Burns and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh joined white-ball bowler Kane Richardson, former Warwickshire wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and Labuschagne in being contacted to the national list, CA stated in its announcement.
“Marnus’s rise has been meteoric and well documented, Joe has been a good Test match player, Ashton Agar’s form in T20 internationals has been exceptional, while Kane Richardson has been outstanding in the twenty over and one-day games,” Chairman of selectors stated.
“Matthew Wade’s summer showed he is not only a tough but a good Test player for us … After missing the list last year, Mitch Marsh’s recent form showed he has a lot of international cricket ahead of him as a batting all-rounder.”
Hohns said these were “unlucky omissions,” but affected players should still aim to represent Australia.
“As Mitch Marsh and Matthew Wade have proven, there are always plenty of opportunities for those who have missed out to be reselected by performing consistently at the domestic level; and importantly to make the most of any opportunity that comes their way at the international level,” he stated.
Players can be promoted to the list by earning upgrades throughout the season. They need to acquire 12 points, with five available for playing a Test, two for an ODI, and one for a T20I.
Full list of Players is:
Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.