Smith, Warner pivotal players

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Australia’s captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner have chosen not to enter into a public debate ahead of the next round of meetings in pay negotiations between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association.
Having been wined and dined by CA board directors in Melbourne on Wednesday night, Smith and Warner elected only to make conciliatory noises after the end of the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand. Their words were in contrast to the more urgent tone taken by others, including the ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson and the former Australian international Simon Katich.
“For us it was a good opportunity to meet the board and have a nice dinner with them and a good chat,” Smith said of the dinner, the sort of courtesy that was not offered to Nicholson, among others.—AFP.

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