Cricket Australia (CA) and players’ union have moved closer to resolve the long impasse over new pay deal and also avoiding the need for arbitration.

A CA official told on Wednesday that the negotiations with Australian Cricketers’ Association has now moved to the “final details”. But it has been learnt that talks continued to into Wednesday.

The five-year contract expired on June 30 which left Australia’s top 230 players effectively unemployed, with the ‘A’ team also pulling out of the South Africa tour. Also Read: No Bangladesh tour without new pay deal, says Steve Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith told Fox Sports TV on Tuesday he was confident of a deal being reached, but confirmed players would not travel to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour starting this month until the dispute was resolved.

However, CA chief executive James Sutherland proposed taking the matter to binding arbitration if a deal was not struck by early this week.