Australian cricket great Geoff Lawson has reflected on the privileged lives modern players enjoy as he revealed he was rejected for a home loan not long after being named player of the series in the 1982-83 Ashes series on home soil.
Lawson, 65, penned his thoughts in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald after reading about the financial situation his old skipper Greg Chappell currently finds himself in.
His old predicament stands in stark contrast to the likes of Pat Cummins and David Warner, who own sprawling mansions at Bronte and Maroubra respectively, in Sydney’s ritzy east.
Teammate Steve Smith sold his Vaucluse house for more than $12million in 2022 – and also owns an apartment in New York, which he and wife Dani renovated earlier this year.
Lawson made the revelation about his past as he explained how the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations will meet to discuss the future of the professional game later this month.
Australian cricket great Geoff Lawson has outlined the privileged lives modern players enjoy – before revealing he was rejected for a home loan after being named player of the series in the 1982-83 Ashes
David and Candice Warner previously owned a mansion at South Coogee in Sydney’s ritzy east
The Warner family now call Maroubra home with their three daughters, after building their dream house in the Sydney beachside suburb
Teammate Steve Smith sold his Vaucluse house for more than $12million in 2022 – and also owns an apartment in New York with wife Dani Willis (pictured together)
Australia will have a seat at the table alongside the likes of New Zealand, England, West Indies and South Africa.
Among the items tipped to be discussed will be how to potentially give players a bigger slice of the pie, which Lawson found staggering.
The man affectionately known as ‘Henry’ also pointed out professional cricketers in Australia have been supported by an independent body – the Australian Cricketers’ Association – to represent their needs, wants and wage requests since 1997.
It has seen players able to dedicate themselves fulltime to the sport instead of to juggling work commitments, unlike previous stars of the game.
Female cricketers such as Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and young gun Phoebe Litchfield are also being rewarded financially, but still earn paltry wages in comparison to many male players.
Lawson also revealed the wages players received in his heyday – and the figures were shocking.
Australian captain Pat Cummins forked out a reported $9.5million on a Bronte property
Cummins (pictured with wife Becky Boston at the 2023 Australia Cricket Awards) is able to earn money old-school Aussie cricket stars could only dream of
A fundraiser was recently staged for former Australian skipper Greg Chappell (pictured) at the MCG after he ran into money problems in retirement
Representing Australia at Test level saw players receive $100 per game and Sheffield Shield was worth just $40 per fixture.
Compare that to Cummins, who banked $2million as Test captain in 2022, while teammates Josh Hazlewood ($1.6million), Warner ($1.5million,) Mitchell Starc ($1.4million), Smith $1.3million, Marnus Labuschagne ($1.2million) and Nathan Lyon ($1.1million) were all rewarded handsomely from Cricket Australia.
And those figures don’t include contracts in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) plus personal sponsors and endorsement deals.
In his career, fast bowler Lawson snared 180 wickets from 46 Test matches.
After retiring from first-class cricket in 1992, Lawson successfully transitioned into coaching, while also commentating and writing on the game.