Hussey, Bracken off Australia cricket contracts

MELBOURNE: Batsman David Hussey and pacemen Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark have lost their Cricket Australia contracts along with Brad Hodge and wicketkeeper Graham Manou to make way for five new players for 2010-11.

The newcomers announced Wednesday were fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Clint McKay, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, allrounder StevenSmith and batsman Adam Voges.

Those five all started the 2009-10 period without CA contracts, but picked them up by the end of the season after receiving sufficient upgrade points during that time.

Veteran paceman Brett Lee retained his contract, despite his recent injury and form struggles. He will likely play only limited-overs and Twenty20 matches.