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Michael Clarke hopes Cricket Australia pay dispute ends

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By Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 03:17 EST, 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 03:25 EST, 14 June 2012

Michael Clarke is hopeful the pay dispute between players and Cricket Australia will be resolved in the coming week.

As the Australian one-day side departed for their tour of the British Isles on Thursday, there was still no resolution to the current memorandum of understanding, which lapses at the end of June.

The Australian Cricketers Association and CA will meet again on Friday to try to thrash out a new pay deal that both parties are comfortable with.

HopefuL: Michael Clarke (left) wants the dispute to be resolved

HopefuL: Michael Clarke (left) wants the dispute to be resolved

Should the talks fail and there is no agreement before June 30, there is a real chance the players' union will consider all their options, including a strike, although Clarke is confident that won't be the case.

'I guess from a player's side of things we're really keen to get this going,' the Australia skipper said before flying out for the UK.

'The last (thing) we want to do is go on strike.

'I don't want to miss too much cricket for Australia and I think it's best for everybody the sooner it gets done the better.'

CA are trying to introduce a performance-based system, although Clarke believes the current system - where most players are on one-year deals - is a similar model.

Clarke is adamant the players are only after a deal that is best for the game.

On the way: Australia are travelling

On the way: Australia are travelling

'One thing I do know about the players is we're asking for nothing more than we've had,' Clarke said.

'We believe the most important thing is giving back to this game, not just for the players that are playing today but for the future of the game.

'We want what's fair and for the game to continue to be the number one game in this country and hopefully also the world.

'As captain of the Australian team we will do whatever it takes for this game to grow.'

Australia will spend four weeks in the UK and play five one-day internationals against England as well as another game against Ireland.


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