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Media release

Australia's champion cricketers have earned well-deserved break

The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) has congratulated Australia's international cricketers on achieving one of cricket history's best ever winning streaks and says those returning to Australia today have done more than enough to earn their

The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) has congratulated Australia's international cricketers on achieving one of cricket history's best ever winning streaks and says those returning to Australia today have done more than enough to earn their well-deserved break.
ACB Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the achievement of winning the Orange Ashes Series, a VB one-day international triangular series against England and Sri Lanka over summer; then the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup; the Frank Worrell Trophy and a one-day international series in the West Indies confirmed that this was one of Australia's greatest ever sporting sides.
"We have just had a very hectic cricket program, made more intense by the eight-week World Cup campaign which came on top of our normal peak time of the year," said Mr Sutherland.
"We are conscious of the need for players to now have a break. The only international cricket they face in the next four months is the Bangladesh series in Darwin and Cairns over 19 days from mid-July.
"We are also conscious of getting the right balance between player workload and the long-term playing program, particularly for those players who play both forms of the international game. The ACB will continue to talk to the players and the Australian Cricketers' Association and understand their views.
"Getting the balance right ensures the right outcome for player welfare while generating enough cricket revenue to invest back into the community to ensure our sport remains accessible to the next generation of kids, including that small handful who go on to become the next generation of champions."