Cricket Australia (CA) has threatened not to pay contracted players beyond the June 30 expiry of their current financial deal if they do not accept a new offer.
That has in turn led David Warner, Smith’s vice-captain, to argue that if the players don’t have a contract, then they won’t be able to take part in the showpiece home Ashes Test series against
And Thursday saw the opening batsman accuse CA of undermining the team’s bid to win the Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international sides, with their negotiating tactics.
England, by contrast, are already through to the last four, and Smith knows his side cannot afford to have their minds elsewhere if they are to end a run of 12 matches with no win at Edgbaston across all formats since 2001.
Smith, asked about the impact of the pay dispute on his side’s preparations, told reporters at Edgbaston on Friday: “We’re not worried about that at all. We know the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association) is handling that back home.
“For us, it’s about concentrating on this tournament – and tomorrow (Saturday) is a big game for everyone in this group.”
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Smith’s side contains several proven match-winners, and the skipper said he expected his team to raise their game on Saturday.
“Obviously, it’s a must-win match for us... essentially a quarter-final,” said the star batsman.
“That usually does bring out the best of the
“We’re certainly going to have to be at our best if we’re going to beat them.”
“I’ve been in a position where I haven’t played in Ashes cricket,” said Morgan. “If you never get to play in an Ashes game, this is the closest you will ever get to beating an
Although his side are already into the last four, Morgan sees Saturday’s match as an important staging post on the road to the 2019 World Cup in
“If we’re looking to win this tournament and go beyond and win the World Cup, we need to be beating the best sides in the world – and
As for the