Jonny Bairstow loses contract to Test Cricket Central as England look to the future


English wicket-keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow lost his Test Central contract on Thursday, but Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley have been rewarded for impressive performances by being added to the Red Ball Retainer list. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) move was not unexpected, as Bairstow, 31, has played just one of the last 12 test matches since the 2019 Ashes. The World Cup winner has been awarded a specialist limited-overs deal , with Pope, Crawley, and Sibley all getting promoted after scoring their first Test centuries last year.

Speedy bowler Mark Wood, who is thought to be a key part of England’s plans to keep the Ashes, has also been named in the white balls list. There are a dozen names in each group, with only five – Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes – appearing in both.

On the 2019/2020 terms, red ball deals were believed to be worth around £ 650,000 ($ 835,000) before bonuses, with white ball contracts worth around £ 275,000, but Covid-19’s hefty financial impact means that there is uncertainty about this. annual payments.

The ECB estimates that the pandemic has already cost the game £ 100 million, with more losses likely, and is currently undergoing a round of layoffs.

Dom Bess, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Jack Leach have been awarded “increment” contracts, which complement their provincial pay.

Bess played all six Test games this summer, but has yet to document his role as an established first-choice spinner, a role Leach will also compete for.

Malan tops the world rankings in T20 cricket but, like Jordan, is only a regular choice in that format.

England contracts for 2020/21:

Test and white ball: Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.


Test only: James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Sam Curran.

White ball only: Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Mark Wood.

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