Australia all-rounder Cameron Green has earned a national contract from Cricket Australia for the 2021-22 season. The board has also trimmed the list of nationally contracted players from 20 to 17 for the next season.
Green made his debut in the Border Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year and scored 236 runs from four games. He carried on his form in the Sheffield Shield with 922 runs at an average of 78.83 including three centuries.
National selector Trevor Hohns confirmed the development and said that they see Cameron Green as the future of Australian Cricket.
"Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role for Australian cricket after his impressive breakout summer," National selector Trevor Hohns said.
Citing the example of his brilliant 84 in the second inning of the Sydney Test, Hohns said that Green has all the ingredients to become a future star, adding that the international exposure will help him improve his game.
"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 the international level. His domestic form was also outstanding, and we expect he will only get better with more international exposure.
He further heaped praise on the other contracted players.
"We are equally impressed with and optimistic about the form of fellow quicks James Pattinson and Kane Richardson. Nathan Lyon took on a huge workload in red ball cricket this summer and bowled impressively throughout, while Alex Carey has been excellent with both bat and gloves for Australia in white ball cricket.
"We are also fortunate to have two outstanding captains in Tim Paine and Aaron Finch, and we look forward to them once again leading their respective teams with pride over the next 12 months."
As revealed earlier that Australia has trimmed the list of centrally contracted players from 20 to 17, Hohns gave two reasons for the same.
"Firstly, we have seen format specialization 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. There will continue to be opportunities and support for players outside this group to represent Australia and earn an upgrade to a central contract with strong performances throughout the year. But in naming these 17 players, we believe we have a strong core group which cover all forms of the game for the 12 months ahead."
Joe Burns, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade were some of the notable omissions. However, Hohns made it clear that the door of a national comeback is not completely shut for these players.
"The NSP continues to hold Joe Burns, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis in high regard and expect that they, and many others across Australian Cricket, will continue to make strong cases for national selection next season. Competition for spots has always been a hallmark of strong Australian cricket teams and we are happy with the depth across all our disciplines entering next season."
CA contract 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.
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