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Smith Takes to Baseball as Aussie Cricketers Face Unemployment

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 28, 2017, 9:51 AM IST
Smith Takes to Baseball as Aussie Cricketers Face Unemployment

Photo Credit: Steve Smith/ Instagram

New Delhi: Even as more than 200 of Australia's top cricketers face unemployment within days, with a bitter pay dispute "extremely" unlikely to be resolved by a deadline on Friday as per players' union boss Greg Dyer, Australia skipper Steve Smith is enjoying his break in New York as he tried his hand at baseball.

Smith took to Instagram to post a video which read: “Batting practice in New York #switchhitter ⚾️”

Batting practice in New York #switchhitter ⚾️

A post shared by Steve Smith (@steve_smith49) on

Australia's top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), with the current agreement set to expire on June 30.

Former Australia test opener Ed Cowan, who is contracted for New South Wales state, said players remained unified and resolute in their demands, and cast doubt on Smith's test side boarding the plane for Bangladesh for the test series starting Aug. 27.

Australian vice-captain David Warner has insisted players will not back down, placing at risk upcoming tours to Bangladesh and India along with the showpiece home Ashes series with England later this year.

CA has threatened not to pay contracted players beyond the expiry of their current financial deal at the end of the month if they do not accept a new offer, with the governing body determined to scrap revenue-sharing after 20 years.
First Published: June 28, 2017, 9:50 AM IST

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