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Rory Burns loses England central contract; Jofra Archer retains deal despite serious injuries

Rory Burns loses England

Rory Burns (left) loses his central contract, but Jofra Archer keeps it. Jofra Archer has kept his England central contract despite not playing for the country since March 2021 due to serious elbow injuries. In contrast, batsman Rory Burns has not received a new central contract.

Among the confirmed renewals on Tuesday, Yorkshire batter Dawid Malan and Surrey batter Jason Roy have had their central contracts reduced to incremental offers. Rory Burns has not been offered a contract as an England central defender for the upcoming season. Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and Lancashire batter Liam Livingstone have been given central contracts for the first time. On the other hand, Harry Brook, Matthew Potts, and Reece Topley have obtained incremental phrases for the first time.

Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, and Dom Bess were all on incremental contracts last season and have not been given new contracts. Liam Livingstone has signed an annual central contract with England. Former captain Eoin Morgan is simply not included after retiring in June.

There have been 30 annual contracts introduced in total: 18 England central contracts, six England increment contracts, and six England tempo bowling improvement contracts.

“The system, which covers both red-ball and white-ball players, takes into account the likelihood of players featuring in England teams across formats in the next 12 months, while also recognising previous year’s performances,” the ECB statement reads.


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