Put James Sutherland, the tall, angular chief executive of Cricket Australia (CA), and David Warner, the short, squat, bruiser of an opening batsman, together in a room.
The sticking point throughout the negotiations has been the players refusal to give up the revenue sharing model which would see them earn a percentage of the money generated by CA through their various endeavours. We'll sum up what we think the best XI is and then work out a batting order from there.
"I don't think it's easy for anyone to understand what CA are talking about unless they disclose various figures and projections".
"And I'd hope not as a fan".
Im sure that wont happen.
"What I find really hard to understand is the approach from Cricket Australia towards the players, where they're dumping offers and proposals in the public domain and not actually getting around a table and working with the players and their representatives to find a solution", Mills said.
Yet the 47-year-old did concede that the issue could play on the minds of players at of the ICC Champions Trophy which begins in England next month.
Heath Mills, spokesperson for the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, joined the Radio Sport Breakfast to discuss how strike action might affect Kiwi players.
Lehmann doubts the series will be affected by the dispute between the players and the governing body and is confident a resolution can be reached.
"For us we can just concentrate on getting ready for cricket and we've got our guys, some in India, some in England, some here".
Nicholson called on third-party mediators to help settle the dispute, with both sides unwilling to budge.
The Australian head coach further has discussed matters at length with the national captain Steven Smith during his IPL stint, and has also insisted that he would open the floor to players to discuss matters together when they convene in England, for the start of a campaign that leads ultimately to the 2019 World Cup and Ashes double.
"There's been an offer from CA and what I can read into it, the ACA have said, 'No".
"I'm not going to go too much into that to be perfectly honest".
Some local media pundits have criticised the leading players for hinting at an Ashes strike, even as they make millions from the game. If it gets to the stage where the Ashes are under threat, of course it would be a shame for it to not go ahead.
Together with John Hastings and Marcus Stoinis, there are multiple pace options at Lehmann's disposal for the tournament, which begins on June 1 and will be played amid an increasingly bitter pay dispute back home. He is (in good spirits).