At the end of this month the Australian selectors announce the 25 contracted players for 2006-07. Players are ranked 1-25 and their salaries range from $620 000 to $150 000. The criteria is: the form of the players over the past 12 months; and their likelihood of Australian selection over the next 12 months taking into account who Australia plays, the balance of the side and the need to ensure the future development of the Test and one-day international teams.
Here's my 25 and my rankings. It's the case, apparently, that players who play both forms of the game are always ranked higher than players who play only one form of the game. Accordingly, guys like Stuart Clark are likely to be ranked higher than Shane Warne, despite their respective achievements. Anyway, taking into account the above criteria...
Rankings of players who play both forms:
Rankings of players who play one form
Rankings of fringe players
Out from last year: Hopes; White; Lewis
The highlighted players are the new additions...all in my opinion.