CA confirm contract list

11 April 2018 03:41:53 EST

Cricket Australia have named a 20-strong group of contracted players for the next year as they build towards the Ashes and the World Cup in England.

The Baggy Greens will be without suspended captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner during that period plus Cameron Bancroft.

"When compiling this list, we reviewed what players have produced over the past 12 months, and importantly where they might fit in the upcoming year," said Australia's national selector Trevor Hohns.

"It's a tough process, but we're very satisfied with this group of 20 players.

"We think this a well-balanced list to represent Australia across all three formats.

"This period is set to include a significant amount of limited-overs cricket, including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

"For that reason, there has been a bit of a focus in this contracting period on white-ball cricket, as we look ahead to trying to win back-to-back World Cups."

Australia are 5/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, with hosts England 9/4 and South Africa 6/1.

Fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and wicketkeeper Alex Carey receive CA contracts for the first time.

"Andrew is an experienced bowler, who has been able to translate strong domestic performances onto the international stage in white-ball cricket," said Hohns.

"Alex is the second wicketkeeper alongside Tim Paine, and performed well in his international opportunities to date with bat and gloves.

"Kane has been rewarded for strong performances in the Sheffield Shield and his efforts when selected for Australia in limited-overs cricket, where he continues to impress.

"Jhye is a young fast bowler who has been on the fringe of selection in all three forms of the game.

"Marcus is a player who has featured regularly for Australia in limited-overs cricket over the last 12 months, and is a player of promise."

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