Archer and Burns re­warded with cen­tral con­tracts

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Nick Hoult

Rory Burns and Jofra Archer will earn their first Eng­land cen­tral con­tracts to­day when the first round of new deals are an­nounced at Lord’s by Ash­ley Giles.

Burns has been given a Test cen­tral con­tract and Archer both red-ball and one-day cricket deals. Alex Hales will be con­firmed as hav­ing lost his cen­tral con­tract, fur­ther high­light­ing the long road he faces back to in­ter­na­tional cricket.

Archer will be­come one of Eng­land’s high­est-paid crick­eters, with the new con­tracts the most lu­cra­tive yet awarded by the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board.

The con­tracts re­place the ex­ist­ing deals that ex­pire next month and the terms and con­di­tions have been set to mir­ror the next broad­cast deal from 2020-2024. Play­ers re­ceive a re­tainer of £70,000 plus their Test and/or white-ball cen­tral con­tract. Test con­tracts are worth up to a max­i­mum of £650,000, a rise from £475,000, and white-ball deals up from £175,000 to a max­i­mum of £275,000. Giles, the di­rec­tor of Eng­land cricket, can award up to 22 con­tracts split across the for­mats. Play­ers with multi-for­mat con­tracts can ex­pect to earn around £1 mil­lion once win bonuses and ap­pear­ance fees are added.

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will lose their Test con­tracts, but will re­main on white-ball deals. Joe Denly will re­ceive a white-ball con­tract, which shows he has much to do to be con­sid­ered a Test reg­u­lar.

Giles is ex­pected to con­firm to­day that Eoin Mor­gan will carry on as Eng­land’s one-day cap­tain and take the team to the Twenty20 World Cup in Aus­tralia next year.

With Mor­gan still in charge, it is dif­fi­cult to see Hales work­ing his way back into the side. Mor­gan rub­ber-stamped Hales’s ax­ing from the World Cup squad when he failed a test for recre­ational drugs.

Dou­ble deal: Jofra Archer is set to be­come one of Eng­land’s best-paid play­ers

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