Aussie cricketers threaten strike over pay dispute

Matthew Wade David Warner and Steve Smith all want to keep the present pay model

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has written to the ACA, warning that players might not be paid after existing contracts end on June 30 unless they agree to new terms.

Australian cricketers will do "what it takes" to maintain their revenue-sharing model, with the prospect of an Ashes lockout gathering momentum amid stagnant pay talks.

"They're heading for hard waters in Australia".

But Lehmann played down that threat at a news conference on Thursday, saying: "No, I wouldn't think [a strike would happen]". We had that last time and obviously the time before that and the time before that.

Together with John Hastings and Marcus Stoinis, there are multiple pace options at Lehmann's disposal for the tournament, which begins on June 1 and will be played amid an increasingly bitter pay dispute back home.

"I'd hope not as a fan".

Mills, who is aligned with Alistair Nicholson and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), blamed CA.

In a letter to the players association Cricket Australia chairman David Peever says it's extraordinary the players' body, wants mediation before negotiations begin on the governing body's latest offer.

In December previous year, CA had postponed pay talks with the ACA, saying the on-going negotiations can distract the players at this busy time of the season, referring to the Boxing Day Test and the early rounds of the Big Bash League (BBL). The coach also said that he is in constant touch with Steve Smith, who is now playing for Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League. That was described as "laughable" by Warner. "It doesn't make business sense for Cricket Australia", he said. If it came down to them wanting us to stay, you would stay. Those are the values we want to see in our athletes.

"It's fundamentally the same thing that will happen here, I'm pretty sure of that".

As he prepares to go into bat for the players this time around, he struggles to see relations with NZC plummeting to the level now seen across the Tasman.

Spearhead Mitchell Starc hinted last weekend at the prospect of this summer's Ashes being staged without the country's top players, while Warner noted the players "won't buckle at all" and "if it gets to the extreme they might not have a team for the Ashes".

Gilchrist admits he understands the players plight, given he was an Australian star when CA introduced current pay system 20 years ago. A pool of A$20 million would be split: A$16m for global men and A$4m for worldwide women.

"The players continue to be united with the ACA and are up for the fight when it comes to having the Revenue Sharing Model for all players - male, female, national and domestic".

CA said the average wage for worldwide women's players would increase from A$79,000 to A$179,000.

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