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Jonny Bairstow omitted from England's red-ball contract list
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Jonny Bairstow omitted from England's red-ball contract list

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has failed to get a Test central contract while Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley have all been rewarded for their impressive show by being added to the red-ball retainer list.

Express speedster Mark Wood has also been confined to a white-ball contract only despite being regarded as England's potent weapon in their Test side.

World Cup winners Bairstow and Wood have been handed a specialist limited-overs deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) seemingly focused on building a young team for the future.

Pope, Crawley and Sibley have been promoted after scoring their maiden Test centuries over the last 12 months.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes are the five players who appear in both red-ball and white-ball contract lists.

Uncertainty lingers over the amount of remuneration for the players since there is a chance that the financial impact of Covid-19 might result in decreased salaries.

The ECB estimates the pandemic has cost them losses in excess of £100 million with further costs inflicted due to the postponement of the lucrative The Hundred.

The quartet of Dom Bess, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Jack Leach have been given "increment" contracts, which supplements their county pay.

Malan and Jordan are yet to break into England's ODI side as regulars whereas Bess and Leach continue to battle for the Test team's first-choice spinner slot.

England contracts for 2020/21 season

Test and white-ball: Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Test only: James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Sam Curran.

White-ball only: Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Mark Wood