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CA should review contract system
Saturday 13 August 2011

Cricket Australia's (CA) former chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns is backing his successor Andrew Hilditch for restructuring the contract system to a more performance-based system that better reflects the importance of Test cricket.

Hohns, whose tenure as chairman of selectors coincided with Australia's domination, said CA should hand out fewer national contracts than the 25.

"We had plenty of depth then, but I'm not sure that 25 is the right number. I must admit I was always saying that (as chairman), but that was the deal, that was done, and we had to work with it," Hons said.

"To have 25 seems a lot to me, and I think the players' association and CA need to be a bit flexible on this, we're going through different times and I think it does need a little bit of tweaking," Hohns was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

The selection of uncapped Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer and Trent Copeland, from outside the contract list for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, prompted Hilditch to say that the present system should be changed.

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