Matt Prior, Jonathan Trott lose England contracts, Ben Stokes a surprise
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior and struggling batsman Jonathan Trott have lost their central contacts with England, though all-rounder Ben Stokes has been rewarded despite a poor home series against India.
London: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior and struggling batsman Jonathan Trott have lost their central contacts with England, though all-rounder Ben Stokes has been rewarded despite a poor home series against India.
Prior endured a miserable Ashes in the 5-0 whitewash by Australia and his international future remains in doubt after undertaking major surgery on his injured Achilles.
His fellow South Africa-born team mate Trott has been in the international wilderness since pulling out of the Ashes after the first test in Brisbane due to a stress-related illness.
New Zealand-born Stokes was dismissed for three consecutive ducks and dropped after the second test against India, but is among six new faces centrally contracted for the 2014-15 season.
All rounder Moeen Ali, batsman Gary Ballance, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, and pacemen Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes have all been contracted for the first time, reflecting the team`s regeneration under coach Peter Moores, who replaced team director Andy Flower after the Ashes.
Seamer Steven Finn has retained his central contract, despite not playing a test for more than a year.
Another five players have been given incremental contracts, which are awarded to players who may feature in shorter format teams but may not have cemented their place in tests.
After a shock test series loss at home to Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook`s England recovered from a heavy defeat at Lord`s to beat India 3-1.
They round off their year with one-day series against Sri Lanka and a triangular one-day tournament against Australia and India before the Cricket World Cup next year.
England central contracts: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Balance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
Increment contracts: Ravi Bopara, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, James Tredwell