Richardson has worked to become a regular fixture in Justin Langer’s limited-overs sides, selected for the World Cup and the most recent tours to India and South Africa.
Richardson was also poised to return to the IPL after a three-year absence, when he was snapped up by Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year’s auction.
Fellow South Australians Travis Head and Alex Carey have retained their places on the list after impressive seasons.
Head enjoyed a strong second year at Test level, with a match-saving knock in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, and a Boxing Day century against New Zealand at the MCG.
South Australia’s young captain now has over 1,000 Test runs.
Carey was widely praised for an outstanding World Cup in England, earning his place in the ICC Team of the Tournament, and cementing himself as the first choice gloveman for Australia in the short formats.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa also keeps his place on the list.
Cricket Australia contracted men’s players
Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa