Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland and his Australia Cricketers Association (ACA) counterpart Alistair Nicholson met for “productive discussions” on Sunday to resolve the pay dispute.
It was reported on Saturday that talks between the CA and the ACA had once again stalled but the board insists progress is being made in the negotiations.
More than 200 Australian players, including Steve Smith and David Warner, are currently unemployed after they refused to sign A new MoU agreement which expired at the end of last month.
A CA spokesman said on Sunday: “Cricket Australia will not comment on details of the negotiation but productive discussions were held today and progress is being made on a range of issues.
“We have been in constant communication with the ACA and we are expecting further meetings on the negotiation to continue over the coming days.”
Nicholson said the players were determined to sort out an agreement so they could focus on getting back on the field.
The ACA’s Nicholson said: “The previous MoU took almost 18 months to draft following an in-principle position being reached by both parties.
“Reaching in principle agreement is what the players have attempted to do this week as a way of breaking the deadlock and not jeopardising any more cricket.
“The players in the latest ACA offer have moved a long way. We are seeking the same kind of movement from CA.”
A teleconference on Thursday could bring positive news for cricket fans.
The Australian’s peak moment at the helm came last year as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.