Taking a total of 20 wickets between them in the Women’s National Cricket League, the duo were recognized by Cricket Australia on the back of their strong performances in both domestic and international cricket this season.
For Schutt, the contract announcement comes on the back of some strong bowling displays in the ICC World T20 playing for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars. With seven wickets to her name, the right-arm fast bowler finished the tournament as Australia’s leading wicket-taker and was rewarded for her effort by the ICC with selection in the women’s team of the tournament.
Having already featured in four Tests, Coyte will also have a chance to stake her claim for a place in the Australian team after not featuring in the recently completed World T20 Cup. Damaging with both bat and ball, the Scorpions quick was influential in guiding the Breezair SA Scorpions to their first title in 21-years after making the move to South Australia this season.
As part of the Cricket Australia team announcement CA has reconfirmed their focus on women’s cricket with financial commitments rising from $2.36 to $4.23 million over the next year. This will see maximum retainers for Southern Stars rise from $49,000 to $65,000 with the ability to add both tour fees and match payments to player’s earnings.
Cricket Australia Female Contracted Players for 2016/17