Sport Cricket Australia loses faith in 'future captain'

11:10  23 april  2021
11:10  23 april  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Five men have failed to have their Cricket Australia contracts for the 2021-22 summer renewed and prodigious batsman Will Pucovski has been overlooked for the first of his career.

Opening batsman Joe Burns, middle-order batsmen Travis Head and Matthew Wade and all-rounders Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis no longer have a Cricket Australia contract.

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Once touted as an Australian captain in waiting, Travis Head has copped another rude setback after his international career stalled last summer. Travis Head is among the high-profile exclusions from Cricket Australia ’s contract list for 2021/2022. Earmarked as a future Australian captain , Head was dropped from the Test team during last summer’s series loss to India and has had salt rubbed into the wound by losing his contract.

The biggest surprise of the dropped cricketers is Head, who had been touted by legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne as "a future captain" of the Test side and was selected for the tour of South Africa before it was cancelled because of COVID-19.

The Redbacks skipper didn't help his cause by making a top score of just 38 over the first two Tests in the series against India, before he was cut from the squad ahead of the SCG match. His technical deficiency to short-pitched bowling was also exposed by India's quicks.

a man standing on a baseball field: Travis Head trudges from the middle after being dismissed in the first Test against India. © Getty Travis Head trudges from the middle after being dismissed in the first Test against India.

Pucovski didn't earn a Cricket Australia contract despite looking like he belonged in his innings of 62 against India in the New Year Test. The youngster made his Test debut at the SCG but injured his right shoulder in the field, ruling him out of the fourth Test at The Gabba.

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The Victorian is likely to partner David Warner at the top of the order in Australia's home Ashes series over the 2021-22 summer despite failing to receive a contract.

Burns was expected to be axed from Cricket Australia's contractual list after his dismal summer with the blade, in which he was dropped from Australia's Test squad ahead of the SCG fixture.

That was on the back of the Queenslander averaging just 10.41 across his 13 first-class innings that summer.

Wade was also expected to miss out on a new contract after failing to reach 50 in his four Tests against India, which led to him being overlooked for the tour of South Africa.

Matthew Wade wearing a hat: Axed Test batsman Matthew Wade. © Getty Axed Test batsman Matthew Wade.

Marsh wasn't met with a new contract after only managing to represent Australia in the five T20s against New Zealand across the ditch over February and March. The Western Australian wasn't picked for any of the Tests, one-day internationals or T20s against India over the 2020-21 summer and may not have been on a plane to New Zealand if Australia had had the luxury of sending their top squad.

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The only extra match over the 2020-21 summer that Stoinis was selected for was the second T20 against India, in which he made 16 runs off seven balls and didn't bowl.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said the players whose contracts hadn't been renewed - Burns, Wade, Marsh and Stoinis - hadn't dropped from Cricket Australia's radar.

a person wearing a baseball hat: Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. © Getty Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

"There is a considerable amount of international cricket to be played across all formats in the next 12 months and the door to national selection is never closed to players outside this list," Hohns said.

"The NSP (national selection panel) continues to hold Joe Burns, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis in high regard and expect that they, and many others across Australian cricket, will continue to make strong cases for national selection next season."

Hohns said the national selection panel had enormous faith in the 17 cricketers given contracts.

"We have great confidence in the 17 players announced today as the Australian men's team enters a busy year of high-quality cricket across all three formats which features, among other highlights, an ICC T20 World Cup in India and a home Ashes series."

a group of people looking at each other: Josh Hazlewood celebrates a wicket with his teammates during the SCG Test against India. © Getty Josh Hazlewood celebrates a wicket with his teammates during the SCG Test against India.

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