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Cricket: Doolan misses out on CA contract

Fringe Test batsmen Shaun Marsh and Phil Hughes were offered contracts by Cricket Australia Monday but incumbent Test number three Alex Doolan was not among the 18 players on the payroll. Rising pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was also a notable omission from the contracted list which is updated annually and was cut back from 20 to 18 players. Doolan played in all three Tests on the recent tour of South Africa, scoring 186 runs at 31, while Marsh made successive ducks after scoring 148 in the First Test at Centurion and was dropped for the series decider.

Cricket: Hazlewood joins injured Aussie pace brigade

Rising fast-bowler Josh Hazlewood is set to miss several weeks cricket with a shin injury, dealing another blow to Australia's pace stocks for the Ashes before a ball is bowled. Hazlewood was one of eight bowlers in the mix to face England in the coming five-Test series, but now it seems the New South Wales quick will not be available for selection until at least the third Test in Perth next month.

Cricket: Rising Australian star Starc hits contract jackpot

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.
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