Tim Paine’s shock ascension to the national captaincy last month has earned the Tasmanian the biggest pay rise amid Cricket Australia’s latest contracted players.
The wicketkeeper stands to earn in excess of $1 million on parity with Australia’s star bowling quartet Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.
The massive pay rise takes into account a captaincy allowance for their extra responsibilities manifesting in the absence of banned team leaders Steve Smith and David Warner amid the ball-tampering controversy in the Cape Town Test.
On the verge of retirement only 12 months ago, Paine had been on the minimum Cricket Australia retainer of $286,000 when he was a surprise recall for the first Test in Brisbane last November.
The 33-year-old was not in the Tasmanian squad, falling behind incumbent Test gloveman Matthew Wade.
But Paine can earn more on match payments alone should he plays all eight scheduled Tests in 2018-19, Fairfax Media can reveal.
Tasmanian seam bowler Jackson Bird, who was in the Australian touring party to South Africa before pulling out from a hamstring injury in a Sheffield Shield match in Queensland, missed the cut of the top 20 contracted players as did Wade.