Cricket Australia (CA) announced a new-look 20-man list, which doesn’t include suspended former leaders Steve Smith and David Warner for the first time in nine years. Opener Cameron Bancroft, who was suspended for nine months for his role in the ball tampering scandal, was also ineligible.
Rising wicketkeeper Alex Carey, the incumbent Twenty20 gloveman, was included for the first time alongside quicks Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye, and emerging allrounder Marcus Stoinis.
Tim Paine, the new captain, is back for the first time in seven years and is set to be the big financial winner on CA’s formula, which takes into consideration the likelihood a player will be selected in the contract period.
Veteran batsman Shaun Marsh returns to the list after having played a key role in the Test batting order since being recalled for the Ashes, while Matthew Renshaw has retained his contract and appears Australia’s first-choice opener with Warner and Bancroft sidelined.
Adam Zampa, Australia’s incumbent limited-overs spinner, was a notable exclusion and he has seemingly fallen out of favour after being overlooked for the bulk of the recent Twenty20 tri-series. All-rounder Hilton Cartwright also failed to earn a contract.
CA men’s contracts: Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Matthew Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.