New Test captain Tim Paine and batsman Shaun Marsh rejoined the list, while spinner Adam Zampa, pacemen Jackson Bird and James Pattinson, all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade dropped off. Chadd Sayers, who has played Test cricket in the past six months, missed out. The minimum value of a contract for the upcoming season is Aus$286,000 (US$222,000). With the next World Cup falling within the contract period, selectors placed a strong emphasis on the limited overs formats in selecting players.
With emphasis on the 2019 World Cup, Australia have revamped their contract list with Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft not part of it... https://t.co/xH0A6TgQXE— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 11, 2018
"It's a tough process, but we’re very satisfied with this group of 20 players," said Hohns. "We think this a well-balanced list to represent Australia across all three formats." The ball-tampering scandal during the third Test in South Africa stunned the sport and sparked reviews into the culture within Australian cricket. Smith and Warner have been banned from international and domestic cricket for a year, while Bancroft was exiled for nine months, leaving the squad badly weakened.
The new Cricket Australia contract list has been released, with 5 first timers on there. Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye & Alex Carey have all earned a deal.— SportsNut (@SportsNutOZ) April 11, 2018
Jackson Bird, James Pattinson (plus Smith Warner & Bancroft) all notable omissions. pic.twitter.com/XXD0y8Ygvm