England's upcoming one-day international series against Australia is in some doubt following a pay dispute Down Under.
Cricket Australia and its players have been locked in discussions over new performance-related contracts for the past 12 months, with a June 30 deadline now fast approaching.
That date would pass a day after the opening match of the five-game ODI series, with the Australians due to fly out to England in the next fortnight.
Any prospect of a potential player strike before then would therefore seem remote, with players unlikely to take such action while still at the negotiating table.
Any refusal to tour is then only likely to be an available option while the Australians are already in England.
Despite that, a boycott remains a possibility with reports in Australia suggesting players had examined the option of sitting out the England series.
Australian Cricketers Association chief executive officer Paul Marsh has also admitted that contingency plans are being made should the deadline pass.
"There's only 29 days of negotiations left to run, so of course we are preparing for the eventuality of not having a deal in place before the end of July," he told The Australian.
"We are looking at all of our different options."
Australia are due to play their opening tour match against Leicestershire on June 21, with a one-day international against Ireland scheduled on June 23 before the England series.