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Labuschagne earns Australia central contract; Khawaja, Shaun Marsh axed

The 33-year-old Khawaja didn't feature in any Test for Australia since losing his place after the third Test against England in August last year

Australia's Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne run between the wickets during the third and final ODI match against India, at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI
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Australia's Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Marcus's rise has been meteoric and well-documented, says chief selector Trevor Hohns. File photo: PTI

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Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday announced the list of 20 male players to be awarded national contracts for 2020-21. The list, which has come later than scheduled due to the upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, features six new faces -- Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Burns, Labuschagne, Kane Richardson and Matthew Wade, while the left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja found no place in the Australia contract list for the first time in five years.
 
The other notable omissions from the list were Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner. Right-arm pacer Peter Siddle, who

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First Published: Apr 30 2020 | 1:08 PM IST

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