Australia news July 31, 2013

CA and Arthur reach settlement

Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia have reached a confidential financial settlement over the circumstances of the former coach's sacking in June. After lengthy conciliation talks at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney, Arthur and CA emerged on Wednesday evening to confirm an agreement had been reached following a protracted and at times ugly severance battle.

Arthur said he had accepted a "significant" reduction in his financial demands, which had reportedly been in the realm of AUD 4 million in compensation. "For me this was never solely about the money, I just wanted to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect," he said. "I have significantly reduced my claim, as it is being settled tonight, and is not dragging on at any significant cost. Importantly I've been very mindful of protecting the Australian cricket team from any further publicity surrounding this dispute. With this fair and reasonable deal, we can now all get on with our lives."

CA said in a statement that the resolution had been timely: "Cricket Australia and Mickey Arthur are pleased to announce that they have reached a confidential settlement. Both Mickey and CA agree that it is unfortunate that the dispute was not settled prior to the issuing of legal proceedings.

"Both parties agree that a resolution now is in the interests of the Australian cricket team and cricket generally in Australia. Cricket Australia appreciates the efforts that Mickey applied to his coaching role, and wishes him the very best in his future career."

Details of Arthur's list of claims had been leaked two weeks ago, including damaging allegations about problems between the captain Michael Clarke and allrounder Shane Watson, plus the South African's allegations that he had been discriminated against due to his foreign background. The leak occurred as the national team prepared for the Lord's Ashes Test, which the tourists went on to lose by 347 runs.

Arthur was sacked at a meeting with the CA chief executive James Sutherland and the team performance manager Pat Howard in Bristol a mere two days before the official start of the Ashes tour. He was replaced by Darren Lehmann, who had been an assistant coach on the Australia A tour that preceded the Ashes.

Sutherland had admitted that Arthur was to some degree a "scapegoat" for the disciplinary and performance problems that had engulfed the national team in recent times, as a 4-0 hiding on the tour of India in February and March was followed by a poor Champions Trophy campaign that featured David Warner's suspension for punching the England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Matthew on August 5, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Mickey was trying for a rort and reduce to come to an agreement. The guy is trying to claim to be innocent, but under his reign as coach Australia kept getting white-washed. While that is a case of both player abilities, talents and personalities, ultimate it is the coach who will bear the brunt of any bad performances as he is responsible for COACHING and LEADING the team in those games. He is ultimately the Manager of the team and team performance - would the issues that have plague the Aussie team existed under a different coach (well possible some yes but not necessarily all). Mickey can claim to be innocent in all of this as he had a hand in all that happens and was unable to keep those under his command under control - ultimately he failed at the important part of his job - keeping players in check and keeping internal issues internal and getting them sorted before they became a problem - which he didn't do - so he had to go. Would anyone else want that in their TEAM?

  • Gordon on August 1, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Arthur I am a South African fan and when you were coach of them you didn't do a too bad a job. You did what you could with Australian Cricket and people seem to forget that in most formats your winning stats were over 50% (or under)which I was very surprised about because I thought they would be lower than that based on the players you had who lets face it were not up to scratch. Australia still has the same problem of not picking the right players to play Test Match cricket even now after you have been sacked. Players like Cosgrove and Ferguson continue to get ignored and an interesting fact here now is that both players are not even in the Australia A team which just shows they don't rate both these players which is very upsetting. At least in South Africa players who are playing well get rewarded and play for South Africa in Tests or in ODI or in Twenty/20. And another player in Australia who is hard done by is Chris Hartley because he is a better keeper than Haddin but gets ignored

  • Sean on August 1, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    It's funny how Mickey is still made out to be the bad guy in all of this. He was given an average bunch who were expected to perform, based on the fact that they wore the same colours as their very successful predecessors. He has his own brand of coaching, that fair enough might of caused a stir for some, but he didn't deserved to be sacked the way he was and get made a scape goat for something which ultimately was already present in Australian cricket. There was and still is a lot of work to be done in Aussie cricket if they are to succeed like they used to and hiring and firing a coach isn't going to fix that overnight, especially 2 weeks before the first test in the ashes. Stop to think for a second that his career is on the line as an international coach he was just trying to do his job. What about the utterly useless board members in CA who dust there hands of this and continue to make stupid decisions which are costing the Aussies on the field. There are 10 sides to this story!

  • disco on July 31, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    This episode reflects badly on the professionalism of CA

  • Darshan on July 31, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Great for CA. Arthur definitely had the last laugh. Now CA needs to march a 'team' of players onto the field that plays as a unit not under a dictator as captian.

  • Prem on July 31, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Good riddiance to bad rubbish!

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