Cameron Green has been handed his maiden contract by Cricket Australia and is included in the 17-player list for the 2021-22 season. The all-rounder made his Test debut in the home Test series against India, and was impressive playing all 4 matches.
While Cameron Green is the new inclusion in the contract list, Cricket Australia has dispelled some senior player in the contracts, which has been trimmed from 20 of last season to 17. Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Mitchell March seee their contracts with the board terminated, with Cameron Green being the only new name. Even white-ball regular Marcus Stoinis doesn’t make the cut, neither did Will Pucovski, who made his Test debut versus India.
While Head and Burns were dropped from the Test side, Wade and Stoinis remains key part of the T20 setup going into thr World Cup later this year. National selector, Trevor Hohns explains that contracts, the exclusions, and what are the chances of the players making back to the contracted list for next season.
“There is a considerable amount of international cricket to be played across all formats in the next 12 months and the door to national selection is never closed to players outside this list,” Hohns said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“There are two main reasons behind the size of the contract list: Firstly, we have seen format specialisation become increasingly prevalent in recent seasons which, accordingly, has resulted in a broader group of players representing Australia, often beyond the initial list of contracted players at the start of each year.
“Secondly, we want to create an environment where players strive for national selection through consistent domestic performances and earn national contracts through consistent international performances,” he added.
Cameron Green will play an important role for Australian cricket: Trevor Hohns
Trevor Hohns speaks about Cameron Green’s future with the Australian team after his prolific returns in domestic cricket and a decent Test debut series. Hohns reckons the 21-year-old will be an asset going forward, with his bowling still needing significant imporoivements.
The right-hander had a remarkable Sheffield Shield season with the bat for Western Australia where he was the leading run-scorer with 922 at 76.83. However, he went picked only 3 wickets as he recovers from a stress fracture. Australia will host a one-off Test against Afghanistan ahead of the Ashes.
“Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role for Australian cricket after his impressive breakout summer. His 84 in the second-innings against India at the SCG demonstrated excellent technique and resolve and we are confident his bowling will be impactful at international level.
“His domestic form was also outstanding, and we expect he will only get better with more international exposure,” Hohns concluded.
Contracts list: Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Adam Zampa