Bears Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali have been awarded Central Contract offers for England Men's international cricket for the year from 1 October 2023.

The system, which covers both red-ball and white-ball players, considers the likelihood of players featuring in England teams across formats over the next period while recognising performances in the previous year.

Woakes – who’s just two Tests short of making 50 red ball appearances for his country – has been awarded a Two-Year Central Contract.

It’s the first time multi-year contracts have been awarded since the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) introduced the system in 2000.

Bears T20 Captain Ali – who’s made 279 England appearances across all formats – has been given a One-Year Contract.

In total, 29 players have received Central Contract offers.

Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said: “It is great news and a credit to the players for demonstrating their commitment to English cricket in the ever-changing landscape of the sport.

“I would like to congratulate all the players who have been offered contracts.”

Additional tickets released for first three days of West Indies Test

A small number of tickets have been released for the first three days of our Men’s Test against West Indies this summer (26-30 Juy).

Tickets are limited for these day and are expected to sell quickly. Early Bird tickets for Day Four are still available if purchased before midnight on 31 March.

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