Cricket: Australia A train despite tour boycott threat

Brisbane, (AFP) Players turned up for training today ahead of the Australia A tour of South Africa, despite the threat to boycott the trip because of a bitter pay dispute.

After months of negotiations the players and Cricket Australia (CA) have failed to reach agreement on a new pay deal, leaving 230 players unemployed since the end of June when their contracts expired.

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) executive Alistair Nicholson said a "significant breakthrough" in the stand-off was needed by Friday for the South Africa tour to proceed.

Nevertheless, players were sticking to their schedule and reported for training with coach Jason Gillespie in Brisbane for the tour which is due to start on July 12.

"As a coach, I'll help the players prepare as well as we can," Australia A coach Gillespie told reporters.

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