The Australian Cricketers Association and CA will meet again today to try to thrash out a new pay deal that both parties are comfortable with.

Should the talks fail and there is no agreement before June 30, there is a real chance the players’ union will consider all their options, including a strike, although Clarke is confident that won’t be the case. “I guess from a player’s side of things we’re really keen to get this going,” the Australia skipper said.