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Cowan facing the axe

Staff writers with AAP, Yahoo!7 June 21, 2012, 10:16 am

Australian Test star Ed Cowan will be among a number of players to miss out on contracts from Cricket Australia this year, says a Fairfax report.

Cricket Australia has been forced to reduce the number of contracts from 25 to 17 in a direct response to the Argus review which suggested a new performance-based pay model.

High profile players Brett Lee and Tasmanian's George Bailey are also tipped to miss out on contracts while Cameron White and John Hastings are also likely to lose their national deals says the report.

Meanwhile Australian batsman Shane Watson has urged Australia's batsmen not to be "spooked" by the swing-friendly conditions in England in the five-match one-day series starting next week.

The swinging ball has caused enormous grief for the Test team in the past two Ashes tours with England emerging victorious on both occasions.

Watson said Australia's batsmen were working hard to correct their deficiencies following a spate of batting collapses in three of the past four Ashes contests.

"(You) find the areas you need to work on but certainly not get spooked by it," Watson said.

Australia's one-day team, still ranked No.1 in the world, has not done too badly in England in its past two series in the UK with a 6-1 victory in 2009 and a 3-2 defeat in 2010.

However Watson said that Australia's poor showings in the Ashes played on the minds of the players before the one-day series against England starts on June 29 at Lord's.

"Hopefully ... we will have some happy memories (rather) than the previous couple of (Test) series," he said.

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  1. -RB-EAGLE -09:07pm Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    get rid of clarke as well whats he done and you can go to ponting - make mike hussey captain and pay him twice as much at least he puts in every time -

  2. THOMAS12:49pm Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dont be disheartened people,the Money is needed in other Arenas & we are struggling to find enough Money to send to other nations that rely on our support,places like " indonesia & sudan " & many more are in dire need ...... :-)

  3. Kristin C12:32pm Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Once again we see Yahoo beating things up with their headline to get you into the story. Cowan is NOT facing the axe, he just might miss out on a CA central contract. Big deal. If he doesnt get a CA contract, no doubt he will get a top level contract from his state, as will the others mentioned in the story. Guess Yahoo didnt want to put that in as it doesnt sell the story as well.

  4. Dan Whispers12:15pm Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    John Wayne has more talent in his little finger then every member of Cricket Australia has or will every see. You don't win a Bradman award for being a pencil pusher.

  5. Barry11:46am Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ignoring the top 5 in any sport, What do the next "top" 20 AFL, NRL and Australian Rugby players earn?? How about the cricketers. And how much money do they "earn" for the ACB??? (More than the other sports)

  6. Barry11:32am Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Like you JeffK, I'm not good enough to make the 1st grade team (most of those players pay to play) let alone the top 20 in the country...which also means the top 100 in the world. What other job would you do if your boss said that you are the top 100 in the world, keep working and training at something which qualifies you for NOTHING ELSE, and we might pay you.???

  7. John L11:31am Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why has CA been 'forced' to reduce the number of contracts? Was the Argus report empowered with the efficacy of Parliamentary legislation? I think probably not, so why the use of the term 'force'?

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  8. deb11:28am Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This is an absolute disgrace, no one from cricket australia or anyone associated can put a think tank together, with all those retired cricketeers sitting around doing nothing. CA pays a bloke to tell them what they already know, its a bit like the CEO brigade isnt it, more money you get, the more you want. As for Ed Cowan, did nothing wrong, Cameron White needs to study his form not what he reads about himself, Brett Lee needs to say thanks and go, same with Ponting and Hussey, make those on contract do more in training school kids and local competition players and stop them being so precious. BULL.

  9. JeffK11:21am Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Barry, Can I get a run in your soccer team? I would give my right leg to earn $80K to play cricket for Australia, and there is the potential to earn a lot more as most of our cricketers manage.

  10. paulski11:21am Thursday 21st June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Jeez, it'd be one thing to drop Cowan from the team - he hasn't put it beyond doubt yet - but who the hell's going to replace him? Marsh, Khawaja and Hughes have all had a go and proven not up to the task - is Maddinson going to be the surprise pick at #3?