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Australia's players hold whip hand over paymasters in contract row

19 May, 2017, 05:37 | Author: Iris Sanchez
  • Matthew Wade David Warner and Steve Smith all want to keep the present pay model

Australia national team coach Darren Lehmann admitted on Thursday a bitter pay dispute will be a distraction for Australia at next month's ICC Champions Trophy, but played down a boycott of this year's Ashes series.

Australia's players are preparing for a long, cold and out-of-contract winter, with the Australian Cricketers' Association unveiling plans for a contingency fund to help female and domestic players avoid financial difficulty in the event of the stalled MOU talks with Cricket Australia (CA) not progressing before the June 30 deadline.

"I think both parties have just got to get talking".

"It's a Catch 22, but I'm sure a balance will be struck - and 99 per cent of the time worldwide cricket will take precedence". "I'm on the side of the fans, because there's only one loser in all of this if there's strike action and the best Australian XI is not playing in the Ashes", Gilchrist told The Project. "They're both adults, both boards will deal with it the best they possibly can and get the outcome right for the players and the game".

"Just getting together and working it out is the way to go".

It's a key gathering for numerous leading players in the negotiations, or lack thereof given the current stand-off between Cricket Australia and the players union, the Australian Cricketers Association.

Lehmann said that he would talk to the players when the squad assembles prior to the Champions Trophy in June.

The dispute centres on CA's wish to ditch the revenue-sharing model that's shaped players' salaries since the first MoU 20 years ago. The players want to continue the revenue share model.

"No, I wouldn't think so [that there will be a strike]", Lehmann said. He said the players would not "buckle at all" from their demand that the existing revenue-sharing arrangement with state cricketers be retained, even if it placed upcoming fixtures including next summer's Ashes series under threat.

"If it gets to the extreme they might not have a team for the Ashes", Warner, now playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), told the Age newspaper.

He said: "It's just communication - that's the biggest thing".

Strauss has also done his utmost to ensure players can cash in on the Indian Premier League, allowing Stokes, Buttler and Chris Woakes to miss two ODIs against Ireland to stay in India. "But he's ready to go", he further added.

"It always traditionally stays quite late in the negotiations".

"Two parties coming together with two offers, you've got to sit down, work out where they see common ground", Gilchrist argued.

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