8 members of 'Indian-thrashed' Oz team set for big pay rises

Sydney, Mar 26 : Upto eight members of the Australian team thrashed by India 4-0 in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Test series are reportedly set for six-figure pay increments.

According to, Cricket Australia will revise a 17-man contract list following the retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, along with the decline of Brad Haddin, which will give way to more places and money on the list.

The report further said that although vice-captain Shane Watson, who is in danger of losing his Test place, is set for a demotion in the list, however, he will still rank highly because he is one of the few players who plays all forms of the game.

The report added that Watson's earnings a year are still likely to top three million dollars, including his rich Indian Premier League deal.

Keeper Matthew Wade is set to be named in the top 10 in the list after becoming the first-choice gloveman in all three forms of the game since the start of the season.

Ed Cowan, who did not have a contract just five months ago, will make the list while fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson will be considered for upgrades.

All-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques, who performed in India with intermittent success, are likely to make the list for the first time.

The report further said that batsman Phillip Hughes, cut from the list after being dropped from the Test team last season, is certain to make it this time, adding that veteran batsman David Hussey is among those set to be cut from the list.

The Cricket Australia contract payments range from a base payment of about two million dollars to No.1 player Michael Clarke down to 230,000 dollars for the last man on the list.

Players are paid 14,000 dollars for each Test match, 5600 dollars for a one-day international and 4200 dollars for a Twenty20 international, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 26-03-2013)

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