England’s one-day & T20 players gain in contract revamp

Joe Root

Joe Root has played 46 Tests, 78 one-day internationals and 21 Twenty20 matches for England

England’s one-day and Twenty20 international players will be better rewarded after a revamp of the central contract system.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it was making the changes in recognition of how limited-overs cricket was increasing in popularity.

Previously, white-ball specialists could only receive increment – or partial – contracts.

Yorkshire’s Joe Root is one of four men to be awarded both contracts.

The others are Warwickshire pace bowler Chris Woakes, and all-rounders Moeen Ali (Worcestershire) and Ben Stokes (Durham).

The new 12-month contracts – 10 of which have been given to Test players, and 11 in white-ball cricket – come into effect from 1 October.

To decide how much players will earn, the ECB will rank them based on their performances on the pitch, “as well as a number of other factors, including off-field contribution, fielding and fitness”.

Director of cricket Andrew Strauss added: “We believe the restructure of the central contract system will recognise the increased focus of the shorter format and the importance that we place on this.

“It is undeniable that the introduction of central contracts in 2002 has greatly benefited the fortunes of the England Test team. During this period, the team has consistently performed well against the other Test nations around the world. We hope that continues over the next few years.”

Test contracts: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire); James Anderson (Lancashire); Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire); Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire); Alastair Cook (Essex); Steven Finn (Middlesex); Joe Root (Yorkshire); Ben Stokes (Durham); Chris Woakes (Warwickshire); Mark Wood (Durham)

White-ball contracts: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire); Jos Buttler (Lancashire); Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire); Eoin Morgan (Middlesex); Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire); Joe Root(Yorkshire); Jason Roy (Surrey); Adil Rashid (Yorkshire); Ben Stokes (Durham); Chris Woakes (Warwickshire); David Willey (Yorkshire).

Increment contracts: Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

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