ENGLAND have rewarded Tim Bresnan, Chris Tremlett and Eoin Morgan with their first central contracts.
All were members of last winter’s Ashes-winning squad and, fitness permitting, have featured regularly since.
“Central contracts are designed to reward players who perform well consistently for England and all three have made significant contributions to the team’s recent success in retaining the Ashes in Australia and beating Sri Lanka and India at home,” explained national selector Geoff Miller.
All-rounder Bresnan took the wicket which retained the Ashes urn for England in January, their first away win in 24 years. Tremlett re-emerged as an international cricketer on that tour, four years after his debut.
Viewed only as a one-day batsman 12 months ago, Morgan has become an integral part of the set-up in that time. Since Paul Collingwood’s Test-match retirement in the new year, the Irishman has claimed his No.6 batting slot. He is the Twenty20 vice-captain and led the 50-over team for the first time in his homeland last month.
Morgan is currently undergoing surgery on his shoulder, while Tremlett picked up a back injury midway through the Test series with India.
Shotley Bridge-born Collingwood is no longer eligible for a 12-month contract, having retired from Test cricket. He has since lost his place in the limited-overs teams.
Collingwood signed a three-year contract with Durham this summer, knocking back interest from Derbyshire.
The list of players on incremental contracts will be announced “in due course” according to the ECB.
England Central Contract List: JM Anderson (Lancashire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), TT Bresnan (Yorkshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), AN Cook (Essex), EJG Morgan (Middlesex), ST Finn (Middlesex), KP Pietersen (Surrey), MJ Prior (Sussex), AJ Strauss (Middlesex), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Surrey), IJL Trott (Warwickshire).