Aussie cricketers cash in after claiming World Cup
AUSTRALIAN squad members George Bailey and Xavier Doherty played just one game in the World Cup, but they will pocket $A340,000 - the same as teammate and man of the tournament Mitchell Starc - after the victory swelled the cash pool won by the Australians to $4.56 million.
A total of almost $13m in prizemoney was allocated by the ICC across the tournament - an increase of 25% from the previous tournament in 2011.
That ranged from $45,000 for the teams eliminated prior to the knockout stage - on top of $58,000 for each win in the pool games - to the massive windfall for the Aussies.
The seven-wicket win in the final against New Zealand alone earned the Aussies a record payout of $4.86m, with the Black Caps receiving $A2.27m for finishing runners-up.
That money, which the Aussies agreed to share equally regardless of games played, is on top of the amounts the players earn under the terms of their Cricket Australia contracts.
Many of the Australian players are already among the highest-paid cricketers in the world, excluding the top players from India.
On BRW's list of the top 50 sports earners in Australia in 2014, Shane Watson was the highest-paid cricketer, earning an estimated $4.5m.
Paceman Mitchell Johnson was next in line on an estimated $4.1m, followed closely by captain Michael Clarke on $4m and devastating opening batsman David Warner with $3.8m.
Meanwhile, New Zealand may have been thrashed in the World Cup final, but the Black Caps dominated the World Cup XI released by the ICC yesterday.
Skipper Brendon McCullum was one of five New Zealand players named in the line-up, which also included three Australians, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Starc.
- Martin Guptill (NZ)
- Brendon McCullum (NZ)
- Steve Smith (Aus)
- Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
- AB de Villiers (SA)
- Glenn Maxwell (Aus)
- Corey Anderson (NZ)
- Daniel Vettori (NZ)
- Mitchell Starc (Aus)
- Trent Boult (NZ)
- Morne Morkel (SA)
- Brendan Taylor (Zim - 12th man).