Peter Siddle, the veteran paceman, has pleaded for Australian cricketers to be “treated fairly” amid the escalating pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
The dispute shows no signs of abating before the June 30 deadline and Australian players have warned of a boycott after that date if a resolution can’t be brokered. The sticking point between the sparring parties is centred on a revenue sharing model that CA wants to overhaul in a bid for greater flexibility to deliver funds.
“For me it’s just about getting back for Victoria and I know when I’m 100 per cent fit and bowling well that selection will look after itself,” he added. “I’ll be able to lead-in and play practice matches and get ready to go whereas last year I just went straight into games out of the nets. I’m in a better position and that was the reason for finishing the season early was to give myself every chance to get right for the summer.”