Stale­mate ends tour

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - BEN HORNE

DES­PER­ATE at­tempts to try to re­sus­ci­tate the Aus­tralia A tour of South Africa fell flat yes­ter­day as cricket’s pay war drags on.

The boy­cotting of the tour 10 days ago was the most crush­ing mo­ment of the saga, with its can­cel­la­tion jeop­ar­dis­ing Test as­pi­ra­tions of key play­ers.

For that rea­son, there was in­tent from Cricket Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion to make a break­through for play­ers to head to South Africa to­mor­row for a short­ened tour.

But not enough progress could be made and South African sources have told the

Sun­day Her­ald Sun they have been in­formed there is no hope of the tour pro­ceed­ing.

Aus­tralia is brac­ing for a Joe Root-led Eng­land in the vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion of hav­ing key spots up for grabs. AUS­TRALIAN seamer Clint McKay has re­turned the best fig­ures by a Le­ices­ter­shire bowler (5-11 in four overs) in the Twenty20 Blast as it won by five wick­ets over Worces­ter­shire Rapids.

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