The Ashes: Team unity is no easy task, says Alastair Cook

Cook said a fully united team performs better on the field but added that each side has to constantly work at it.

updated: July 18, 2013 08:31 IST
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London: England captain Alastair Cook said team spirit could never be taken for granted as Australia battled to present a united front after accusations of dressing room disharmony made by ex-coach Mickey Arthur.

The South African was sacked just 16 days before the first Test against Ashes-holders England at Trent Bridge this month and replaced as Australia coach by former Test batsman Darren Lehmann. (Also read: 2nd Ashes Test - Preview)

Reports said Arthur, fired two years before his contract was due to expire, was seeking up to Aus$4 million (US$3.69 million) in compensation, claiming he was discriminated against because he was South African and "didn't understand the Australian way".

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