Australia vice-captain David Warner has expressed doubts over whether this year’s Ashes series against England will go ahead following a contract dispute between the players and Cricket Australia (CA).
Both men and women’s national teams were offered salary increases in March, although there was unrest among playing staff over the fact they would no longer receive a percentage of revenue generated by CA.
As a result, the deal was rejected by both teams, and the CA announced it would no longer pay the players after June 30.
Speaking to the Age newspaper, Warner said: “If it gets to the extreme, they might not have a team for the Ashes.”
The series isn’t scheduled to start until November 23, giving both parties a little more than six months to get their affairs in order, although contracts would undoubtedly need to be agreed far in advance of England’s trip Down Under.
2017-18 Ashes Odds
- Australia: 4/7 (1.57)
- England: 13/5 (3.60)
- Draw: 6/1 (7.00)