Head, who entered the 2021-22 season without a contract earned an Ashes call-up on the back of a number of impressive performances at state level. 

The Redbacks captain repaid the faith of selectors in the opening Test, notching the fastest ever century at the Gabba and finishing his innings with 152 runs to his name. 

Alex Carey also made history in Brisbane, taking a record-breaking number of catches (8) for a wicket-keeper on debut, in his first outing in the baggy green. 

Despite missing the fourth Test, Head returned for the final match in Hobart, bringing up a second stunning century and earning Player of the Series honours. 

The 28-year-old capped off an outstanding summer, being named both Domestic and Test Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards in January. 

The South Australian pair were most recently named for Australia’s historic tour of Pakistan, where keeper Carey brought up his career-best Test score (93) to date. 

Men’s Chair of National Selectors George Bailey said: “It has been a terrific 12 months highlighted by the successes of the T20 World Cup, the Ashes, and the Pakistan Test series. 

“We believe this group provide us great coverage and versatility across all formats while others, as we saw in the past year, will continue to get opportunities to play a big part.

“With a tour of Sri Lanka, a home World Cup, home summer and tour of India there is an enormous amount of cricket to be played where the strength of our squads and depth will be challenged.

“To contract just 20 players was challenging given the number of key series and the cycle of upcoming T20 and one-day World Cups, all of which will require varying skill sets and combinations.” 

Players not awarded contracts as part of the initial squad of 20 can earn upgrades throughout the year by accruing 12 upgrade points. Players receive five points for a Test match, two for a One-Day International and one for a T20 International.