Australia vice-captain David Warner has hit back at Cricket Australia (CA) after the board’s chief executive James Sutherland said the players had jeopardised negotiations with their latest proposal as the bitter pay war continues.
Sutherland suggested that CA could seek a third party arbitration if their dispute with the Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) is not resolved by next week.
More than 230 Australian cricketers, including Warner and national captain Steve Smith, are currently unemployed after their contracts expired at the end of June.
The players have refused to sign new deals with CA as the board want to cut revenue-sharing from the model to put more money into the sport at grassroots level.
The impasse has already seen an Australia A tour to South Africa being cancelled with a Test tour to Bangladesh in September in serious doubt if an agreement cannot be reached.
Sutherland has proposed that the players sign temporary contracts so they could play the upcoming fixtures but Warner says all the blame is with the board.
Warner said on an Instagram post: “We offered $30 million of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored.
“We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected. Now CA says there is a crisis. The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train.
“Administrators all still being paid. How is it our fault no deal is done?”
Stokes will lead the XI in the absence of regular captain Joe Root, who will be on paternity leave.
The 22-year-old is bidding for a Test debut against England.
The West Indies all-rounder could only make five in their second intra-squad match.
The star all-rounder will take charge for the opening Test against the West Indies.
Holder was dismissed for only five off 13 balls.
All-rounder will step in next week with Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child.
The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire earlier this month.