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ECB Awards Six New Players Central Contracts

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali is the first Worcestershire player to be awarded an ECB central contract
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The England and Wales Cricket Board has awarded half of its 12 annual central contracts to players who have never previously been given full retainer contracts.

Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes have been given contracts for the first time.

James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn and Joe Root are the other six players to receive a 12-month contract.

Meanwhile, Ravi Bopara, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett and James Tredwell have been given increment contracts.

The large number of new players being given contracts reflects the success they have had coming into the team this summer.

Ali, Buttler and Jordan all made their Test debuts during the summer's fixtures against Sri Lanka and India while Ballance and Stokes first played Test cricket during the winter tour of Australia.

"The awarding of contracts enables the selectors and team management to plan for the next 12 months of international cricket," ECB National Selector James Whitaker said.

"We have been hugely encouraged by the rapid development of a host of younger players in the last year and this is reflected in a total of six players being awarded 12-month central contracts for the first time," he added.

England central contract list: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

England increment contracts: Ravi Bopara, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, James Tredwell

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