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Four removed following revelation of new CA contracts

National team chief George Bailey has urged Test hopefuls including Marcus Harris to make a “compelling case for moving” anyone from the current line-up after he and white-ball bowler Ashton Agar were among the four players who lost their contracts with Cricket Australia.

Bailey also projected that Queensland fast bowler Xavier Bartlett could play in all three formats for Australia after being added to the 23-man squad. Test prospect Marcus Harris and white-baller Ashton Agar were among four players who lost their contracts with Cricket Australia as Queensland boomed. fast bowler Xavier Bartlett was added to the 23-man roster.

White-ball slugger Matt Short, Western Australia all-rounder Aaron Hardie and Tasmania quick Nathan Ellis joined Bartlett, who made a superb ODI debut at the MCG, as new additions to the list.

But Harris, who was overlooked as an opening replacement for David Warner upon his retirement, has lost his place in the pecking order, with Agar and all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Michael Neser also left out of the central roster.

Warner also lost his contract following his Test and ODI retirement, with his final T20 matches for Australia set to take place at the upcoming World Cup.

Leaving aside Harris, recent reserve hitter Matt Renshaw and Sheffield Shield runner Cameron Bancroft, Bailey said there was now a “blank slate” for aspirants to make their case for higher honours, supporting the current Test batting order, including Steve Smith as opener.

“…I guess a blank slate is a good way to describe it. Marcus Harris is the one who breached his contract, but he’s also firmly in this mix. Cam Bancroft and Nathan McSweeney also had wonderful seasons,” he said.

“Given the team’s performance over a period of time, I think the onus is on those outside to make a really compelling case as to why someone should be moved.

“I think the guys we have there are in the team for a reason, the front seven are all really good players, they’ve put in some good performances over a long period of time.

“We will continue to support them and expect them to perform.”

Harris played the most recent of his 14 Tests over two years ago and along with Matthew Renshaw, who was the extra batsman for the New Zealand Test team, and Sheffield Shield run machine Cameron Bancroft, Also overlooked, there remains no obvious replacement if Steve Ends Smith’s opening experiment.

Agar has played just one ODI in the last 12 months and has been battling persistent calf injuries.

Stoinis was ruled out of ODI action over the summer after featuring in last year’s World Cup, but remains in contention for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Caribbean despite missing the recent tour Australian in New Zealand due to a back injury.

Bartlett’s rapid rise earned him a big payday after taking a Big Bash-leading 20 wickets during the Brisbane Heat’s title-winning campaign and two four-wicket hauls in his first two ODI matches for Australia against the West Indies where he was appointed. player of the series.

Bailey said he has the potential to become a three-format player.

“Absolutely. We’ve had Xavier on the radar for a while,” he said.

“The challenge for him was to gain some visibility on the park. Being able to introduce him to international cricket was fantastic, I certainly appreciated the skills in all three formats.

“I hope it takes another huge 12 months.”

Male players under CA contract 2024-25: Sean Abbott, Xavier Bartlett, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Jhye Richardson, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.

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