Australian batsman furious ahead of crucial clash against England
David Warner has blasted Cricket Australia and accused them of undermining the national team’s Champions Trophy campaign.
Warner and the rest of his team-mates face tournament hosts England at Edgbaston on Saturday in their final group game, likely needing a win to book a place in the semis.
But the build-up has been overshadowed by the ongoing pay dispute between CA and the Australian Cricketers Association with regards a future Memorandum of Understanding.
Warner is especially unhappy about a video CA posted online earlier this week suggesting top players were taking money away from grassroots cricket.
“We’re here to win. If CA wants us to win I don’t think they would be releasing videos like that,” Warner said in Birmingham ahead of the England clash.
“From our stance, it is quite disappointing. They obviously haven’t thought about the process by which we have given back almost $30 million to grassroots cricket.
“For us, we’ve got an important game going on this week, and that’s our focus. The MOU stuff can wait until after the tournament. For where we sit as players we’ve always said we have 100 per cent support for the ACA to get to the table.
“We’re just sticking together as one, and all players around the country, and all we want it a fair share.”
Warner has previously warned that the players will opt not to take to the field for any matches if a new pay deal is not agreed by June 30, when the current MOU comes to an end. And that could even jeopardise the Ashes series against England in the summer.