Mickey Arthur sacked as Australia coach weeks before the Ashes

Mickey Arthur, the first foreign-born coach of the Australian team when appointed in November 2011, appears to have paid the price for a poor Champions Trophy campaign and a lack of discipline within the team, which came to a head with a David Warner punch-up incident earlier this month.

updated: July 01, 2013 18:58 IST
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Mickey Arthur sacked as Australia coach weeks before the AshesAustralia's Ashes campaign with England was in turmoil Monday just weeks before the series starts after coach Mickey Arthur was sensationally sacked, sources said, with Darren Lehmann expected to be announced as his replacement.

South African Arthur was dumped after a meeting with Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland in Bristol, reports said. A source confirmed the news to AFP.

"Cricket Australia will hold a media conference with James Sutherland and (high performance coach) Pat Howard in Bristol tonight to discuss the coaching structure of the Australian team," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

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