10 Jun 2009

Top Aussie cricketer to earn more than $1.5 million

12:03 pm on 10 June 2009

Australia's top-ranked cricketer is expected to be handed a guaranteed contract worth more than $1.5 million for the coming financial year.

Under the new two-year deal reached between Cricket Australia and the player's association, the top handful of elite cricketers will be given fixed price contracts for the first time.

Previously, all Australian cricketers' contracts have included a retainer, along with payments depending on the amount of matches they play.

But under the agreement for the next two years, players who are ranked among the top six Australians in both Test and limited overs cricket will be guaranteed a fixed amount.