Australia's captain Mark Taylor said yesterday he would not hesitate to join a players' strike if the country's first-class cricketers voted for industrial action in pursuit of a pay claim. On the eve of the second Test against New Zealand, at Perth's WACA Ground, Taylor confirmed his total support for the Australian Cricketers' Association.Reuse content
Warwickshire are being frustrated in their efforts to complete the return of Brian Lara as their overseas player for next season by his demands for a two-year contract. Lara helped Warwickshire win three trophies in his only previous season at Edgbaston in 1994 and has been lined up as a replacement for Allan Donald, who is unavailable because he is touring England with South Africa. But although the West Indian left-handed batsman is keen to return to England, he wants to extend his stay until 1999 - forcing Warwickshire to choose between the merits of their two overseas players.