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Cricketers the top Aussie sport's earners

Staff Writers, Yahoo!7 December 14, 2011, 1:12 pm

Lucrative cricket contracts and big pay-packets in the IPL have seen Australian cricketers dominate the 2011 BRW Sports Earners rich list.

Cricketer Shane Watson is the highest paid cricketer with the BRW reporting that for the first time in nine years cricket has become the most lucrative sport.

Watson earned up to $4 million for his efforts in all forms of the game, beating out Test captain Michael Clarke and former captain Ricky Ponting who each earned a cool $3.5 million.

Cricket however was a far cry from the richest Australian sports personalities. Basketball, a mix of motorsports and cycling dominated the overall top earners list.

Andrew Bogut, Basketball - $13 million
Casey Stoner, MotoGP racing - $9.5 million
Mark Webber, F1 racing - $9 million
Chad Reed, MotoX racing - $8.5 million
Cadel Evans, Cycling - $5 million

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  1. SE04:02pm Wednesday 14th December 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    And they 'earn' this because?????

  2. Tanner03:21pm Wednesday 14th December 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Money can't buy class and it certainly can't stop Watson whinging!