There are a distinct lack of openers included in the central contracts despite Alastair Cook’s retirement
Surrey’s Sam Curran has been awarded his first ever Test contract as the England and Wales Cricket Board confirms the central contracts for 2018/19.
Only 10 players with Test-match experienced make the ECB list for the coming year, when England will play the World Cup at home and also an Ashes series.
Incredibly, no opening batsmen have been given Test contracts, despite there Alastair Cook’s decision to retire from international cricket after the Test series against India leaving a big vacancy at the top of the order.
Cook’s latest opening partner Keaton Jennings, the Lancashire batsman, misses out on a deal, while Rory Burns had pressed his case when scoring more than 1,000 runs in the County Championship to help Surrey win a first title in 16 years.
Ben Stokes is included, the Durham player still awaiting the outcome of a disciplinary commission to conclude its findings into a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.
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Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid has also been given a central Test match contract, despite not playing red-ball cricket at the start of the year. Rashid signed an all-format contract with his county last week.
The 13 white-ball one-day international and T20 selections reflect a largely settled England line-up heading into the World Cup.
Selectors have also awarded Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran an increment contract for the next 12 months, commencing October 1 2018.
Full list of ECB central contracts for 2018-19:
Test: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
ODI/T20: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
Incremental: Tom Curran (Surrey)