Confidential rankings reveal Australian cricket’s MVP’s – and why Pat Cummins is our $2million man
Leaked rankings reveal that Pat Cummins earns $2 million as an Australian captain, and you’ll be surprised who’s second on the pay scale.
- Test captain Pat Cummins took home $2 million Cricket Australia contract
- It was the third year in a row that the 29-year-old was the country’s leading cricketer.
- Josh Hazlewood ($1.6 million) and David Warner ($1.5 million) also in big AC deals
Confidential rankings released this week revealed Cricket Australia’s most valuable players, with test skipper Pat Cummins at the top of the list and one of his fast bowling colleagues rising to second place.
Cummins, 29, earned $2m from a bonus after he was suddenly promoted to Test captaincy in November 2021 following Tim Paine’s resignation over a sexting scandal.
The skipper topped the list ahead of fellow pacemaker Josh Hazlewood ($1.6 million) who surprised by taking second place.
Batsman David Warner ($1.5m), speedy left arm Mitchell Starc ($1.4m) and dashing batsman Steve Smith ($1.3m) completed Cricket Australia’s top five contracts.
Released confidential rankings have revealed Cricket Australia’s Most Valuable Players, with Test skipper Pat Cummins (pictured with fiancée Becky Boston) at the top of the list for the third year in a row.
Cummins, 29, earned $2 million, ahead of teammate Josh Hazlewood (pictured with $1.6 million) and slugger David Warner ($1.5 million)
Warner and Steve Smith sit comfortably in the top ten CA earners after they were both furloughed for 12 months following the 2018 ‘Sandpapergate’ scandal in South Africa.
It is also the third year in a row that Cummins has finished as the top cricketer in the country.
Selectors rank players based on their perceived value in Test, One-Day and Twenty20 international matches, with players competing in all three formats of the game considered to be the most valuable, according to Age.
Hazlewood’s elevation to second place raised some eyebrows given their injury-marred summer where Australia thrashed England 4-0 in five Tests to retain the Ashes.
His performances at the T20 World Cup, which Australia won in Dubai last November, significantly helped his cause.
He is also ranked third in the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an ODI and T20 bowler.
The likes of Warner and Hazlewood have also made a lot of money abroad in recent years when playing in the lucrative T20 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sponsorship deals also make Australia’s top cricketers laugh their way to the bank.
The coming year for Australian cricket will be a busy one, with test tours in Sri Lanka, India and England, tests at home against the West Indies and South Africa, as well as a T20 World Cup on home soil in October and November.
White ball specialists, notably Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, and Marcus Stoinis, can enhance their AC pay packages with Big Bash contracts, worth up to $200,000.
Meanwhile, CA have confirmed that New Zealand great Dan Vettori and Andrew Borovec will be assistants to head coach Andrew McDonald.
Clint McKay has also secured a support staff position ahead of the tour to sri lanka.
Cricket Australia Top Winners:
- Pat Cummins: $2 million (includes $200k captain bonus)
2. Josh Hazlewood: $1.6 million
3. David Warner: $1.5 million
4. Mitchell Starc $1.4 million
5. Steve Smith $1.3 million
6. Marnus Labuschagne $1.2 million
7. Nathan Lyon $1.1 million
– Evidence: $18,000
– ODI: $7,000
– T20: $5,500
Overseas tours: 40 percent match fee bonus