Australia must channel contract anger to progress against England

Pay dispute with Cricket Australia has affected side, whose first two games fell foul of rain, and England may feel the kickback in their final group game

Australia go into their crucial game with England at Edgbaston in an aggressive frame of mind. So what’s new? Well, usually all their aggression is directed at the Poms but on this occasion some of it may be reserved for their own board.

David Warner is often the spokesman of their international players in the contractual dispute with Cricket Australia. On the face of it this seems as incendiary as enlisting Jeremy Paxman as a conciliator for Acas. Warner, though, has been relatively measured in his latest observations (we’ll have to scrap the Scargill comparisons soon). But he is clearly not entirely happy with his employers.

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