England’s Ashes and World Cup bowler Jofra Archer and opening batsmen Rory Burns and Joe Denly are among a number of players to be awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.
Archer was England’s leading wicket-taker in their victorious World Cup campaign with 20 wickets and he made his test debut against Australia, picking up 22 wickets in four Ashes Tests.
Burns was England’s second-highest run scorer (390) in the Ashes after Ben Stokes (441). Denly (312 runs) has earned his first white-ball, limited-overs, contract at the age of 33.
Players awarded central contracts will have their salaries paid in full by the ECB.
“Selectors have awarded 10 Test contracts and 12 white-ball contracts,” the ECB said in a statement
“Sussex fast bowler Jofra Archer receives a Test and a white-ball contract for the first time after his successful debut international season.
“Surrey opening batsman Rory Burns is awarded a Test contract after becoming the leading top order run-scorer in the Ashes series. Kent batsman Joe Denly is awarded a white-ball contract for the first time.”
However, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have missed out on white-ball contracts for the 2019-20 season, while spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have received only white-ball contracts after previously having contracts across all formats.
Hales was withdrawn from the World Cup squad in April after British media reported he was serving a three-week ban for drug use.