Michael Clarke (left) and Shane Watson feature in Business Review Weekly's top 50 sports earners list © Getty Images
Michael Clarke (left) and Shane Watson feature in Business Review Weekly’s top 50 sports earners list © Getty Images

 

Sydney:Feb 3, 2014

 

Australian cricketers are reportedly dominating in the top 50 sports earners’ list of an Australian magazine for the first time following a stunning winter in which they reaped the financial awards of winning 12 of the 13 games against England across all three formats.

 

The increase in earnings are a result of increased Cricket Australia (CA) contracts, personal sponsorships and endorsement deals, and the explosion of domestic T20 competitions, the most lucrative of which is the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL).

 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 11 cricketers appear in the Business Review Weekly’s Top 50 sports earners list, where all-rounder Shane Watson sits on sixth and the highest with six million dollars in gross earnings, a spot above seventh-placed Australian captain Michael Clarke, who earned 5.5 million dollars in 2013.

 

David Warner [12th with 3.8 million dollars], David Hussey and Ricky Ponting [2 million dollars], Brad Haddin [1.8 million dollars], Cameron White [1.5 million dollars], Ryan Harris [1.3 million dollars] and Glenn Maxwell [1.8 million dollars] also feature on the list.

 

The report mentioned that Maxwell’s earnings are as a result of being bought by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians for a whopping one million dollars early last year.