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Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley and Ollie Pope awarded maiden England Test contracts

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England batsmen Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, and Ollie Pope have been awarded central contracts for the next 12 months by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the first time in their Cricketing careers.

All-in-all, there are 12 Test, 12 white-ball, 4 incremental contracts, and 3 fast-bowling deals. The values of those contracts have still not been agreed upon. The ECB confirmed that salary levels are still under negotiation in light of the impact of COVID-19 on their finances and a further statement will follow in due course.

Jonny Bairstow, among notable players, has not been included in the list of 12 Test players, after losing his place in the side last winter, while Joe Denly, who had a white-ball contract last year, has not had that deal renewed.

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Dom Bess, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Jack Leach have received incremental contracts after their performances for England across formats in the past year, with Saqib Mahmood, Olly Stone and Craig Overton retaining their pace bowling deals, having been awarded them earlier in the year.

Under the structure, players in both formats receive a ‘ranking’ based on their performances on the pitch, as well as a number of other factors, including off-field contribution, fielding and fitness. Those rankings then correlate with the level of remuneration. The contracts cover a 12-month period commencing 1 October 2020.

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Recipients of:

Test Central Contracts: James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

White Ball Central Contracts: Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Increment Contracts: Dom Bess, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jack Leach

Pace Bowling Development Contracts: Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Olly Stone