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Ace England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was excluded from England’s central contract for Test cricket on Wednesday. Bairstow is the first-choice opener for England in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). But he played his last Test match in December 2019 against South Africa.

He is currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 at the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the other hand, young batsmen Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Dom Sibley were all awarded central contracts for the 2020-21 Test season.

The official statement from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed that the trio was among 12 players with the Test contracts. This ensures that they will have their salaries paid in full by the ECB. They are first time recipients after all three scored their maiden centuries in the longest format in the last 12 months.

“In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the finances of the game, the Team England Player Partnership, on behalf of the players, and the ECB is currently finalising the levels of player remuneration for the next 12 months,” the ECB said.

“A further statement will be made once these discussions have concluded.”

Dom Bess, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Jack Leach were given incremental contracts. Saqib Mahmood, Ollie Stone and Craig Overton retained their pace bowling development deals.

England Central Contracts

Red-Ball and White-Ball Contracts: Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Red-Ball Contracts: James Anderson (Lancashire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Rory Burns (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Sam Curran (Surrey)

White-Ball Contracts: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Mark Wood (Durham), Jason Roy (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

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