Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne have been included on Cricket Australia’s list of players to receive contracts. Usman Khawaja has been omitted, while Annabel Sutherland, teenaged superstar, is one of three new female faces to make the cut.
There are a few surprises in the 20 men’s names chosen by our national selectors to steer Australia through a very challenging stretch set to include a T20 World Cup and an eagerly anticipated Test Series against India.
Neither Khawaja nor Marcus Harris have played for the national team since the 2019 Ashes Tour and have now officially lost their contracts. Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, and Shaun Marsh have also been axed, all overlooked by selectors since they featured in the 2019 One-Day World Cup.
Burns, who got recalled as our previous Home Summer season began, got elevated and appears on the list alongside fellow Test batsmen Labuschagne and Matthew Wade. Ashton Agar, spinner, Kane Richardson, paceman, and Mitch Marsh, allrounder have also all received deals after being omitted from the 2019-20 list.
Khawaja, at 33-years old, featured as the team’s most important batsmen during David Warner and Steve Smith’s suspension. But he hasn’t come close to being chosen for the national team since he got dropped and it looks like adding to his 40 ODIs and 44 Tests is not going to be possible.
But Selector Chairman Trever Hohns said that Marsh and Wade have proven that there are always plenty of chances for those who have missed out to get reselected as long as they perform consistently domestically.
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