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Australia’s top players have voted to endorse the new pay deal, the Australian Cricketers’ Association said on Friday as the dust settled on a bruising 10-month dispute that opened up deep fault lines in the country’s favourite sport.

Cricket Australia and the players’ union announced they had agreed an “in principle” deal on Thursday, finally ending the month-long lockout that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.

The vote by the players was no more than a formality but union boss Alistair Nicholson confirmed it had taken place and been “overwhelmingly” in favour of the heads of agreement that will form the basis of a new five-year pay deal.

“Thanks to the fans for their patience throughout this negotiation,” he added on Twitter.
“Players looking forward to getting back to playing cricket.”

Hindustan Times