Moeen Ali Awarded England Contract; Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior Ignored

Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and four others have been awarded their first England contracts. Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior and axed Kevin Pietersen were among the players to lose central-contract status.

updated: September 11, 2014 17:51 IST
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Moeen Ali celebrates a wicket vs India at Southampton.
File Photo: Moeen Ali had an impressive 5-match Test series with the bowl against India.

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London: Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are among six England players to have been awarded their first central contracts, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

The other new names joining players such as fast bowler James Anderson and captain Alastair Cook on the 12-man list of centrally contracted players are Gary Ballance, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes.

"We have been hugely encouraged by the rapid development of a host of younger players in the last year, and this is reflected in a total of six players being awarded 12-month central contracts for the first time," said national selector James Whitaker.

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