The Ashes: Brad Haddin dismisses talk of Clarke-Watson rift

Former coach Mickey Arthur had reportedly described the role of Watson within the team as a "cancer" and claimed there was a huge rift between captain Michael Clarke and the all-rounder.

updated: July 16, 2013 19:12 IST
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London: 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.

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.

Reports have since emerged that Arthur, the first foreign-born coach of the Australia side is panning to sue Cricket Australia for up to AUS$4 million ($3.69 million, £2.44 million) in compensation.

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