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National contracts for our brightest stars

Four of South Australia’s brightest cricket stars will be offered national contracts by Cricket Australia for the 2017/18 season, with three joining for the first time.

West End Redbacks’ captain, Travis Head, and leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, have been included in the Australia’s 20-man list following their impressive form during 2016/17.

Megan Schutt and Amanda Wellington will be on the national women’s cricket list, with Schutt retaining her Shooting Stars contract and Wellington joining it for the first time.

SACA General Manager of High Performance, Tim Nielsen, said the latest round of offers were a solid indication that SA cricket is operating at a standard that is in line with national objectives.

“To have four players offered national contracts reaffirms to us that some of the measures we’re putting in place to produce Australian players are obviously working,” he said.

“Our number one goal has always been to produce national players for Australia as well as win domestic competitions. With the Redbacks making three of the past four domestic finals and the Scorpions winning the WNCL title last year, we’re clearly ticking that box, but national representation remains the number one priority of our program.

“It’s a great reward for Travis, Adam, Megan and Amanda and we’re extremely excited to watch their international careers flourish from here.”

Following developments in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiations, state cricketing bodies will now be able to have open, yet non-binding discussions with players about their intentions in regards to player contracts.

Formal offers can be made once a new MOU between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association is in place, which is scheduled for 1 July.