Vaughan backs Australia players in pay dispute
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has come in support of Australia’s players in their pay dispute with their cricket board (CA).
More than 200 Australian players are currently unemployed after they refused to agree on terms of a new contract which expired at the end of last month.
The dispute has already seen an Australia A tour to South Africa, that was scheduled for later this month, called off as the players refuse to play without signing new deals.
The next international assignment at risk is a proposed two-Test tour to Bangladesh in August with the Ashes series later this year also in doubt.
Vaughan, who famously captained England to success in the 2005 Ashes series on home soil, says he respects the big names of Australia’s team as they fight for the little known players.
Cricket Australia wants the new contracts to include a different revenue-sharing model to the previous one, with big-name players receiving higher earnings and the State players receiving less.
Speaking on Thursday, Vaughan said: “I have a huge amount of respect for all the Australian players.
“The likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, they could have quite easily signed their contracts.
“They’re rich people anyway, but the could quite easily could have got even richer quicker. Full credit to the Australian players for staying tight.”
Jonny Bairstow heading in the right direction in his recovery from injury
The 33-year-old Yorkshireman underwent successful surgery on a broken leg and dislocated ankle in September after a freak golf incident.
Jofra Archer enjoys new role as he bowls England to victory in South Africa
Archer did not open the bowling but produced career-best ODI figures.
Sir Andrew Strauss lauds ‘extraordinary leaders’ Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes
England’s men’s team have won nine of their 10 Test matches under the new regime.
Jofra Archer returns career-best ODI figures as England claim consolation win
England won the third and final match against South Africa but had already lost the series.
Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler hit hundreds as England fight back in South Africa
Buttler’s men are bidding to avoid a series clean sweep and a sixth successive loss in the ODI format.
Tom Curran taking break from red-ball cricket for ‘my body and my mental health’
The 27-year-old has endured injury problems in recent years.
Olly Stone hopes to play a role in an England pace trio during this year’s Ashes
Stone hopes to play a role this summer along with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
Olly Stone ready for whatever role is required to make England World Cup squad
‘Any way in the England team, I’ll snap someone’s hand off,’ said Stone.
Dane van Niekerk ‘absolutely broken’ to miss World Cup over fitness standards
The South Africa captain was unable to complete a two-kilometre run in the minimum required time.
Run of defeats has not damaged England’s confidence, insists Moeen Ali
The all-rounder is confident England will be in good shape for the defence of their World Cup crown.