Australia A Players turned up for training on tour of south africa

Vastavam web:  Players turned up for training today ahead of the Australia A tour of South Africa, despite the threat to boycott the trip because of a bitter pay dispute.After months of negotiations the players and Cricket Australia (CA) have failed to reach agreement on a new pay deal, leaving 230 players unemployed since the end of June when their contracts expired.Nevertheless, players were sticking to their schedule and reported for training with coach Jason Gillespie in Brisbane for the tour which is due to start on July 12.

“As a coach, I’ll help the players prepare as well as we can,” Australia A coach Gillespie told reporters.Cricket Australia’s national talent manager Greg Chappell told reporters that he remained optimistic that a swift solution could be found.”I’m expecting that we will see a positive resolution in the not too distant future and we will get back to focusing on the cricket,” he said Tuesday.Former Australian captain Michael Clarke urged the parties to extend the existing deal for 12 months to allow for more negotiations.”Just keep the same MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for the next 12 months to allow negotiations to, let’s say the word continue, but sort negotiations out,” he said in Sydney.