Cricket Australia (CA), on Wednesday, introduced the most recent 17-player contract record forward of an thrilling 2023-24 season. Earlier this week, the board introduced the brand new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) below which CA ladies’s contracts rose from 15 to 18, with 17 gamers included on the 2023-24 record.
The likes of Phoebe Litchfield, Grace Harris, Kim Garth and Heather Graham all have been added to CA’s ladies’s contract. The record, nevertheless, might’ve been 18 gamers, however all-rounder Nicola Carey declined the contract supply as she goals to concentrate on pre-season with Tasmania.
Notably, Carey had been a staple in Australian squads since her 2018 debut however featured in only one T20I on December’s tour of India and was subsequently omitted of the T20 World Cup squad.
“Nicola Carey expressed a need to spend the winter in Tasmania to permit her to utilise a full preseason at house, specializing in utilizing that point to develop abilities in her sport to push for worldwide choice sooner or later. We supplied Nic a contract as a result of we imagine she is a participant of worldwide high quality, however we respect her resolution to concentrate on a pre-season program with Tasmania and can proceed to assist her transferring ahead,” mentioned CA head of efficiency and nationwide selector Shawn Flegler, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Whereas Harris has earned a contract improve as she has turn out to be a key member of Australian T20 facet, Garth, Litchfield and Graham have bagged the contracts for the primary time.
“Grace Harris earned an improve final season. She is a multi-skilled cricketer who can affect matches with each bat and ball. Kim Garth and Heather Graham have carried out strongly at a home stage over the previous 12 months, and each totally deserve their spot on the record. Phoebe Litchfield is a younger expertise who we imagine has a giant future,” added Fleger.
Cricket Australia ladies’s contract record, 2023-24: Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning, Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham