Cricket Australia's former coach Mickey Arthur.
Cricket Australia's former coach Mickey Arthur. Ryan Pierse - Getty Images

Mickey Arthur upset 'private' cricket row has gone public

DUMPED Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur says he is disappointed explosive claims he has made against the team have gone public as he sues for up to $4 million in compensation.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has reportedly described team-mate Shane Watson as a cancer on the national cricket team. 

The revelation came to light in a legal document submitted to the Fair Work Commission in Sydney last week  by Arthur, who is seeking compensation or his job back from Cricket Australia. The document was obtained by Seven News.

The case is being handled by the same firm that represented James Ashby in the sexual harassment claim against former Speaker and Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper.

A statement released on behalf of Mickey Arthur & Harmers Workplace Lawyers said: "We can confirm that last week Mickey Arthur filed proceedings on a number of grounds in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) Sydney for being sacked and scapegoated.

"The grounds include racial discrimination.

"This legal action was filed confidentially with FWC as Mickey was at pains to resolve this issue privately.

"I am extremely upset and disappointed that confidential documents appear to have been given by others to the media,'' Arthur said.

"The matters raised in my application to the FWC concerning issues within the Australian cricket team are very sensitive, which is why I was at pains to keep them confidential, especially at this time.

"I have kept them confidential,unfortunately others have now made them public.

"I want to stress how important to me the members of the team were, and still remain to me. The welfare of the Australian cricket team is upmost to me."

A confidential conciliation between the parties has been scheduled for next week.Arthur is claiming he was racially discriminated against because he is South African and "didn't understand the Australian way".

News reports reveal documents tendered to court by Arthur showed captain Clarke and all-rounder Watson were constantly at odds with each other.

Clarke also allegedly described Watson and his faction in the side as "a cancer", with Arthur calling himself the "meat in the sandwich" between the conflicting camps.

"There was major tension between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson," the Seven Network reported from Arthur's document of claim.

Arthur was sacked just two weeks from the start of the Ashes series with CA claiming he failed to resolve discipline issues and a declining standard in the national team.

Arthur claimed in the court document that CA did not support him over the 'homework-gate affair' where four players were stood down in India for failing to do a team assignment.

Arthur also allegedly said that Watson had tipped him off about the incident in which David Warner punched English batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar before the Ashes series began.

Arthur was sacked shortly after the incident while Warner was fined and suspended.

Cricket Australia released a short statement on the row, saying only: "We're disappointed that it's come to this but Cricket Australia is confident in its position on this matter and is sure it will get resolved in an appropriate manner.''


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