Pay agreement nears completion

07 April 2012 10:48:45 EST

Michael Hussey has announced that Australian cricketers are content with the basic components of their new pay agreement and the actual signing of the paperwork between Cricket Australia and the players' union is just a formality.

Mike Hussey has said a pay deal is close.

Paul Marsh and Pat Howard, who represent players and Cricket Australia in the ongoing negotiations respectively, have been reluctant to share too much details but Hussey has come forward to reveal that an agreement has been almost reached between the two parties.

Australia will battle it out with England for the historic Ashes urn in 2013, and are rated as 8/1 to claim the win. England are 1/20 to be victorious.  

Hussey said: "I think they've agreed on most things, they're just trying to nut out a couple of issues that are left.

"I believe by the middle of this month they're expecting everything to be negotiated and completed and the MOU finished.

I spoke to Pat Howard during the practice game and he said he and Paul Marsh were really happy with how negotiations were going on both sides.

"Players are open to the performance-based part of the ACR. That's fine, it's just about how much.

I think the players are comfortable with the way things are going.

Mike Hussey

"That's where the negotiation was from that particular point. I believe that they're pretty much there on that particular point.

"There's a couple of other issues that are taking more discussion than that particular one. I think the players are comfortable with the way things are going."

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