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Relationship between CA and union thawing

Australian Cricket Association boss Greg Dyer says the relationship between the game's governing body and the players' union is continuing to improve.

Relationship between CA and union thawing

Australian Cricket Association boss Greg Dyer says the relationship between the game's governing body and the players' union is continuing to improve.

The relationship between the Cricket Australia and the players' union has taken further steps towards being healed, according to Australian Cricket Association boss Greg Dyer.

Dyer has been on hand at the SCG during the fourth Test against India, along with new (CA) chairman Earl Eddings and chief executive Kevin Roberts.


The two parties met for peace talks for the first time since the Longstaff review in late October, after relations hit all-time lows in the 2017 pay talks and stemming from the ball-tampering scandal.

There were further unscheduled discussions in Sydney this week, and Dyer said the relationship was now on the up.

"We had another discussion yesterday between ACA and a group of our executive together with a grouping of the CA board members," Dyer told SEN Radio.

"And they are really good positive conversations. There is a real thawing of the relationship which is a really great sign."

The players' association has indicated they want to have further discussions this summer over a number of issues surrounding Australian cricket.

The impending series loss to India has raised questions over selection criteria and the summer's schedule particularly with the Big Bash running through the majority of the Test season.

A number of heads at Cricket Australia have since rolled, including that of former chairman David Peever, amid claims of arrogance within the organisation by the Longstaff review.

The same review also attributed some blame to the ACA for the "toxic management and playing environment" following "arrogant and aggressive" negotiations from both parties in the 2017 pay dispute.

But Dyer said he never considered standing down from his role of ACA president, despite mounting pressure following the Longstaff report.

"I'm an elected president, my role is therefore subject to the whims of my membership," Dyer said.

"I think what Longstaff said ... CA did relationships generally very poorly.

"In a 360-degree review of the CA organisation, players, employees, sponsors, certainly the ACA made a significant contribution to the Longstaff review, generally CA did relationships poorly.

"There is a cultural issue within that organisation.

"So for me to stand down at that time implies some wrongdoing on the ACA's part and I just won't have that."

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