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Livingstone and Ben Foakes get full England central contracts for 2022-23


For the first time, full England central contracts have been given to all-rounder Liam Livingstone and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

Following their successful debuts in 2022, pitcher Matthew Potts, left-armer Reece Topley, and batter Harry Brook all received incremental agreements.

After being cut from the Test squad, opener Rory Burns lost his contract, while Alex Lees is still without a deal.

Since displacing Burns as England’s opener, Lees has participated in all 10 Test matches.

Despite a poor summer in which he only managed one score above 50, England’s other current opener Zak Crawley holds his entire contract.

Jofra Archer, a fast bowler, too still holds a top-tier contract. However, he hasn’t played for England in 19 months due to his injury.

After being left off England’s T20 World Cup roster, white-ball opener Jason Roy was lowered from an entire contract to an incremental agreement. At the same time, batter Dawid Malan, formerly a member of the Test team but now a member of the T20 squad, was also relegated to an incremental deal.

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First-time recipients of contracts for speed bowling development include Jamie Overton, Matthew Fisher, and Brydon Carse.

Previously on an incremental contract, Livingstone earned a regular spot in England’s Twenty20 and one-day international teams.

The agreements, modified in 2021, are 12-month contracts that begin on October 1, 2022, and include both red and white-ball cricket.

Since replacing Jos Buttler as England’s primary Test goalkeeper this summer, Foakes, in the second Test against South Africa at Old Trafford in August, recorded his second Test century.

Rob Key, England’s managing director of men’s cricket, stated, “I believe we have rewarded those players who have had a big impact over the last 12 months and those we intend to be part of England’s plans for the future time.”

In his high-performance assessment, Sir Andrew Strauss advocated overhauling the system and bringing in multi-year contracts.

Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood are among the players who have signed central England contracts.

Harry Brook, Dawid Malan, Matthew Potts, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, and David Willey have contracts with increases.

Brydon Carse, Matthew Fisher, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, and Olly Stone have contracts for pace bowling development.


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