Sports Minister Greg Hunt says government ready to mediate in Australia pay row

Sports Minister Greg Hunt said Sunday the federal government was prepared to provide mediation between Cricket Australia and players over the pay-dispute stalemate.

Hunt said the government was hesitant about being too interventionist in contract disputes in professional sport. He said there was scope to act as a mediator if the dispute looked to threaten home Ashes series.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc, the left-arm paceman, says Australian players remain unwavering in their stance over the pay dispute with Cricket Australia (CA) ahead of the Champions Trophy.

"Our full support is still behind the ACA to get the outcome the players are after," he said. "It's not about asking for more. It's a fair share and both the men and women are together and on the same page and that was the conversation we had today."

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