‘No problem in dressing room’

Brad Haddin on Tuesday maintained that the Australia squad in England were united after former coach Mickey Arthur reportedly claimed there was a huge rift between Test captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson.

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Published: Thu 18 Jul 2013, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:08 AM

Arthur was sensationally sacked just 16 days before the first Test against Ashes-holders England at Trent Bridge, a match the tourists lost by just 14 runs on Sunday to go 1-0 down in the five-match series, and was replaced by former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann.

Arthur sues CA over dismissal

SYDNEY — Sacked national coach Mickey Arthur is seeking up to $4 million in compensation or his job back from Cricket Australia, claiming he was racially discriminated against, local media reported on Tuesday.

South African-born Arthur — Australia’s first foreign head coach — was fired last month before the Ashes series after CA said he failed to turn around declining standards of discipline in the team.

A Seven Network television report cited court documents it says show Arthur is seeking payments and compensation to the end of his 2015 contract. His salary was reportedly $400,000 per year plus some $200,000 a year in bonuses. Seven said Arthur, who was replaced by former Australia Test batsman Darren Lehmann, claims he was discriminated against because he was from South Africa and did not understand the Australian way.

Arthur guided Australia to 10 wins, six losses and three draws since his appointment in November 2011.

Now, according to a report by Australian broadcaster Channel Seven, Arthur, in legal documents, has allegedly described the role of Watson and his faction within the team as a “cancer”.

Arthur, sacked two years before his contract was due to expire, claimed Clarke embraced the need for discipline, while Watson did not, Channel Seven said.

The network reported that the documents alleged there was “major tension” between Clarke and Watson, and that Arthur felt he was “the meat in the sandwich” between the duo. Arthur also alleged that Watson had told him about Australia batsman David Warner’s punch at Joe Root in a Birmingham pub during the Champions Trophy last month, it added.

Watson previously stated he did not pass the information on to Arthur. The incident led to Warner’s suspension before the Ashes, with the top-order batsman, not selected at Trent Bridge, also missing out on the second Test at Lord’s starting on Thursday to join the A side on tour in Africa.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Haddin, speaking to reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday, insisted: “The Australian dressing room is fine. I don’t know how many times we need to answer this. “I think everyone was surprised (by Arthur’s sacking) but there’s no point talking about it anymore. We’ve gone past all this, we’re moving forward with the campaign,” added Haddin, whose second innings 71 nearly led Australia to a stunning first Test win.

“We’re all pretty excited to be in an Ashes campaign. Darren’s done a wonderful job, like all our staff and players.

“All the other stuff that we can talk about is white noise so it’s not something that has affected the side at all.”

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