Cricket Australia and the players from all three forms of the game have finally signed off on a new deal that will vanquish the threat of a player’s strike.
The new deal is performance based and sees that Cricket Australia will never pay more than 26 per cent of revenue throughout the duration of the agreement.
The big story: Cricket Australia was able to negotiate the number of contracted players from 25 down to 17. Performance will enable other players to move up, but it is a big win for the governing body regardless.
In order to receive a contract, a player must play a minimum of three Tests, six one-day internationals or 12 Twenty20 internationals.
The initial list of 17 includes just six batsmen.
Australia’s top cricketer, Michael Clarke, replaces Shane Watson as the highest paid player after a fantastic season and is set to earn base level pay of $2 million (includes $300,000 captain’s allowance and close to $1 million in match payments and bonuses).
David Warner will be one of the higher paid players due to his ability to play all three forms of the game will Ricky Ponting’s dismissal from the one-day side ensures that he will have to take a sizeable pay cut.
The other batsmen include: the Hussey brothers, Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson, and Dave Warner.
Some of the guys who didn’t make the cut include: Ed Cowan, George Bailey, Peter Forrest, Clink McKay and Dan Christian.
The Aussie are in the UK preparing for the upcoming Ashes series and will play in Belfast tomorrow. For what it’s worth, the Irish upset the Aussie two years ago in an ODI.