Australia news July 21, 2013

Sacking 'totally unfair', says Arthur

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mickey Arthur has claimed he had no choice but to take legal action against Cricket Australia over the "totally unfair basis" for his sacking. Arthur has also said he was given a positive appraisal by Cricket Australia before the Ashes tour and that his reputation had suffered extensive damage after his axing, which would make it hard for him to find another job.

Arthur has been in South Africa since his sacking and on Sunday arrived in Perth, where he delivered a statement to the media. Arthur reiterated that he was not responsible for last week's leaking of details of his legal claim against Cricket Australia, in which a rift between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson was detailed. But he homed in on the CA chief executive James Sutherland's admission that Arthur had been made a "scapegoat" as the key to his case.

"James Sutherland himself said that, to an extent, I had been made, I quote, 'a scapegoat'," Arthur said. "I find that a totally unfair basis to end my career. The damage to my reputation and career has been immense, which means the chances of me getting a senior job are that much less. I was truly shocked and devastated by my dismissal. I had received a positive appraisal on all my key performance indicators just prior to departing for the Ashes tour.

"I am told that David Warner's conduct was 'the last straw' for the board. I received no hearing at all over that issue, and no one was doing more to improve discipline in the young Australian team than I was. After my dismissal, I received nothing in writing from Cricket Australia, no contact, and no payment at all, not even of my basic leave pay, until I was forced to bring in lawyers to assist in the process. I had tried on a number of occasions to make direct contact at a very senior level of Cricket Australia, for days there was just no response.

"I thought, perhaps naively, that, under all the circumstances of my dismissal, that Cricket Australia would be willing to have sensible and good faith talks in private. Sadly that hasn't happened. And here we are today. I never wanted to launch legal action but Cricket Australia simply left me no option."

Arthur said the handling of David Warner's punch at Joe Root in a Birmingham bar during the Champions Trophy had been the catalyst for his axing, despite his attempts to instil discipline in the developing squad.

Responding to Arthur, CA released the following statement: "Cricket Australia stands by its earlier statements on this matter and disputes a number of claims made by Mickey Arthur today. We will not be articulating these disputes publicly except to say that we are confident in our legal position, are comfortable with the level of support provided to Mickey and look forward to resolving this matter in an appropriate manner."

Arthur and CA will hold conciliation talks this week in Sydney.

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  • Rod on July 24, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I agree that, if Arthur was not subjected to a disciplinary process, it is constructive dismissal ... or the equivalent in Australian law. However, Arthur has been found seriously wanting as a man manager. Failing to instil a disciplined and professional approach into younger players is almost as serious as losing the confidience of the senior players. Professional sportsmen have to learn to "handle triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same" (according to Rudyard Kipling) without recriminations or complacency. Treating twenty and thirty something men as adults is imperative and that means instilling an understanding of expectations. There is no need to insist on writing things down (as in the "homework incident"), as long as you instil the desire to improve and the knowledge of where improvement is required. There is little point in playing cricket professionally if this is not a life-enriching experience and the head coach has the responsibility to ensure it is.

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Forget this twitt the problem is with cricket Australia's admin and control, it stems down to junior cricket especially in QLD where I have first hand experience for 9 years.. then it jumps forward into rep cricket where Fathers belong to Area groups ie. Cricket Gold Coast for an example, and it is rife through all areas and levels (not just Junior Cricket) it makes me sick when I see phenomenal talent passed over just to get the son of a president or secretary' of a certain club or zone into a representative position, at the expense of good honest hi potential players. I am disgusted at the ineptitude displayed by this team, admin and management. Take the whole bunch to a showing of the videos of their pathetic performances and objectively review their individual performance,actions and results. I played 1st grade cricket @19 I am now 72 and I have had cricket, despite the fact that I am passionate about. I challenge anyone from Cricket Australia to contact me. They won't

  • Richard on July 22, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    wellrounded87: "I'd say they're all exceptional players the rest of the team is weak but any other country (except maybe SA with the bowlers) would love to have one those four in their side."

    Despite being an England fan, I've still been a fan for Siddle for a long, long time. Quite probably the most under-rated bowler in world cricket. Harris - when fit - is a genuinely good bowler. But I'm still to see Pattinson as a bowler who is effective other than when everything is going for him. In this respect, he seems like Mitchell Johnson (or from an English perspective, Steve Harmison). I don't think he'd get in this England team, or the Pakistan one, and I think in the course of time, Mitchell Starc will be seen as the third seamer to add to your list of Australian assets.

    Bowling isn't the problem, though. Australia have one batsman who would get in the New Zealand team. And he has a bad back and, at 32, has stated how he doesn't intend to play on until his late-30s. Worrying times.

  • Michael on July 22, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Poor old Mickey Arthur. He does not understand the real situation. seriously he should be celebrating with extravagant champagne from one end of South Africa to the next. Why? Because he been so let off the hook. The poison chalice of Aussie coach has been taken away before the mortal draught hit his lips and he has been saved from becoming the biggest fall guy in recent cricket history. He should grateful. He should have beens een rapidly wishing Lehmannn good luck before hustling to the airport and a waiting plane out the creek. One day he will realise he should be paying them not vice versa.. Alas poor Darren, not Mickey.

  • venkatasubramanian on July 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 22,2013) Australian coach Micky Arthur of South Africa is not happy about his sacking from the the post of coach of Australian cricket team.Due to his sacking on an unfair basis,Arthur has no other choice except to take legal action against CA.However, CA stands by its previous statements and disputes a number of claims made by Arthur in this regard. CA is confident in their legal status since it will not be articulating these disputes.However,law will take its own course of action.

  • Rob on July 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    ' I had received a positive appraisal on all my key performance indicators just prior to departing for the Ashes tour' If this is so, then he'll probably have them in writing, so why worry? Then CA has made an procedural fool of itself and there's no damage done, is there?

  • John on July 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    India went through this phase even with the great trio of batsmen and the duo of bowlers, now Australia is going thru this phase during its rebuilding time. The time will pass and Oz will be a great team once again. Well, England have been like for a very very long time not too long ago.

  • nasim akhtar on July 22, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Mr. Arthur u should been sacked immediately after the disaster tour of India, i dont feel shame or sorry to say that you are no good at all, u better go and try to coach a district or club level team

  • Aidan on July 22, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Whether he was the right coach or not - I think he has a point and a case. As far as I know the usual protocol for sacking a coach of a professional sport always involves a payout of the contract, It seems to me he did try to work on those off field issues. Either way, he was made a scapegoat. Again Lehman might turn out to be a better coach but Australia's problems run deeper than Aurthur. For a man with a high reputation he was treated like rubbish and as an Australian I am a bit embarrassed.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Australians are just showcasing their so called professional legacy. Mr. Greg Chapell did it with India and now Mr. Arthur is at the receiving end. Instead they should have kicked the back of Warner , Watson , and non performers. The best team could have been Wade , Clarke , Usman Khwaja , George Bailey , Adam Voges , Hodge, Lyon , Siddle , Harris , Jonson , Cummins