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Jofra Archer earns ECB central contracts, Moeen Ali loses Test deal
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Jofra Archer earns ECB central contracts, Moeen Ali loses Test deal

Jofra Archer has been rewarded for his stellar summer of cricket with lucrative Test and white-ball contracts by the ECB while off-spinner Moeen Ali loses his Test deal but has been given the contract in limited-overs cricket.

Archer, after being fast-tracked into the national side, made his debut in May before playing a pivotal role in England's World Cup success.

He was the leading wicket-taker for his team and bowled the Super Over in the tense tournament final against New Zealand.

Having cemented his place in England's white-ball setup, Archer was then inducted into the Test side and claimed two six-wicket hauls in the drawn Ashes series - becoming the first England bowler to do so since Sir Ian Botham.

Rory Burns, who was lauded for his defiant performances at the top of the order, has managed to earn a Test deal.

Jonny Bairstow could score only one half-century in the six home Tests but has been retained in the list of players receiving Test contracts.

Moeen has been confined to a white-ball deal only following his mediocre outing against Australia in the Ashes series opener where he could pick up just three wickets for 172 runs.

Joe Denly has surprisingly been awarded a white-ball contract despite being overlooked for selection in England's World Cup-winning campaign.

The players to lose deals in the shorter forms of the game include Alex Hales, who was banned for failing a drugs test, Liam Plunkett and David Willey.

Meanwhile, Jack Leach and Tom Curran have been given an incremental contract for the 2019/20 season.


James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes


Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Incremental: Tom Curran, Jack Leach