Cricket Australia has announced the 24-players central contract list for the 2023-24 season, which features six new players. The country’s cricket team faces a busy schedule, with the World Test Championship final, the Ashes, and the 2023 Cricket World Cup on the horizon.
Spinners Todd Murphy and pacer Lance Morris have been awarded their first Cricket Australia central contracts in anticipation of the Ashes and ODI World Cup. The 24-player list for the 2023-24 season was announced, with Sean Abbott, Lance Morris, Michael Neser, and Jhye Richardson among those who secured contracts.
As Australia prepares for a packed schedule, including the World Test Championship final against India in London in June, the Ashes battle against England, and the Cricket World Cup 2023, the composition of the 24-player contract list has been tailored to meet these challenges. Six new faces have been added to the list for the busy cricketing period.
Bowlers Murphy and Sean Abbott, who received upgrades last year, have been promoted to the main list. Michael Neser, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, and Marcus Harris have also advanced and been awarded contracts for the upcoming year. However, former white-ball captain Aaron Finch, who recently retired, and Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Matthew Kuhnemann, who were promoted during the most recent period, did not receive new contracts.
George Bailey, former Australian batter and current selection chair, expressed his excitement over the new contracts and emphasized the importance of preparing for the upcoming schedule. In an official statement from Cricket Australia, Bailey highlighted the outstanding individual and team performances over the past year and the emergence of players who are pushing for selection across all formats.
Bailey further emphasized the challenges Australia faces with the World Test Championship, the Ashes, and the ICC One-Day World Cup, stating that the selected group of players will likely form the core of the team for those campaigns. He added that a squad mentality would be crucial for achieving success and acknowledged that the team’s depth would be tested in the next six to 12 months, with six Test matches during the winter and a busy white-ball cricket period surrounding the ODI World Cup.
Australia men’s contract list 2023-24
Adam Zampa, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Jhye Richardson, Lance Morris, Marcus Harris, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Scott Boland, Sean Abbott, Steve Smith, Todd Murphy, Travis Head, and Usman Khawaja.