Starc hits contract jackpot

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Cricket Australia unveiled Wednesday a list of 20 contracted players for the new season amid reports that star bowler Mitchell Starc is celebrating a million dollar pay-day.

With the retirements of former skipper Ricky Ponting and stalwart Mike Hussey, funds were freed up for a changing of the guard in the lucrative 2013-14 roster.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said Starc was the big winner when the National Selection Panel (NSP) made its pick.

The 23-year-old left-armer broke onto the scale last season with a base deal reportedly worth Aus$230,000 (US$240,000) a year.

His match-winning efforts saw him surge up the elite rankings alongside captain Michael Clarke and into the seven-figure pay bracket, the newspaper said.

Starc was one of the few Australians to stand out in all three forms of the game meaning he scored highly on the complex formula used to rank top players.Reuters



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