Aus A coach hopes SA tour can still be salvaged
FORMER Test quick Jason Gillespie has appealed for cricket’s bitter pay dispute to be sorted out urgently as Australia A’s tour of South Africa hangs in the balance.
Now coach of the Australia A team, Gillespie is due to head overseas on Saturday with a strong squad headlined by skipper Usman Khawaja, allrounder Glenn Maxwell and quick Jackson Bird.
But the 71- Test veteran admits the Australia A squad, which trained in Brisbane yesterday, is in limbo as Cricket Australia and the ACA fight to deliver the sport’s next Memorandum of Understanding.
Tensions in cricket’s pay dispute have become so acute that even former Test openers Michael Slater and Ed Cowan clashed on radio on Monday over an issue that has polarised opinion.
The ACA will back a player boycott of the South African tour if their demands are not met by CA powerbrokers, but Gillespie remains hopeful his Australia A squad will not be victims of the impasse.
“At this stage I genuinely don’t know if we are going,” Gillespie said.
“I would like to think the two sides can get together and we can get on that plane and go to South Africa.
“It’s business as usual right now.”
Australia A coach Jason Gillespie.