It’s been quiet here on the Randwick End and obviously on the cricket front, with Australia not playing any cricket but we have something to talk about, with the annual list of contracted players released today from Cricket Australia.
The biggest causality it seems, from the list is Simon Katich. The left hander who got injured during the Ashes and replaced by Phil Hughes, has been told he wasn’t going to be playing much test cricket over the next little while. This must mean a vote of confidence for Phil Hughes who retains his spot.
Other players who have lost their spot for next season are, Shaun Tait, Andrew McDonald, James Hopes, Clint McKay, Marcus North and Adam Voges. While being excluded from the list isn’t a death kneel for those players careers esp. McKay who is still young, it puts them below quite a few in the pecking order.
In positive news, some exciting young talent have picked up a contract for next season, the pick of the lot has to be fast bowling talent Patrick Cummins who has only played a handful of games for NSW, has been clearly earmarked for the future. The other new additions in Khawaja, D.Hussey, Pattinson, Doherty, Krezja and Hastings are all selections for the future, which is key in an Australian team which will have some huge calls to make on senior members in the near future.
Australia top 25 contracts: Doug Bollinger, Michael Clarke, Patrick Cummins , Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Cameron White.