In pictures: Arthur's Australian adventure
July 21, 2013
Mickey Arthur, left, was hired as Australia's first foreign coach on November 22, 2011. The South African was contracted until 2015. Michael Clarke was by now not just captain but a selector as well. William West / AFP
In a latter that had been leaked to the media by someone yet unknown, Arthur alleged all was not well between Watson, now no longer vice-captain of the team, and Clarke. The captain allegedly even called Watson 'a cancer' in the team. Clarke denied it and???
Even as Australia continue to win at home, all is not well in the team. Shane Watson, the vice-captain, is struggling with injuries forcing the all-rounder to concentrate on his batting. It is a decision that doesn't go down well with Arthur and Clarke wh???
Warner gets into trouble again after he picks up a fight with Joe Root, the England batsman, in a pub in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, during the ICC Champions Trophy. The left-hander is fined, made to carry drinks in the remaining games and suspended u???
Under Arthur's management, Australia embarked on the controversial rotation policy or 'informed player management'. Players such as Mitchell Johnson often got benched in the Test after the one in which he bowled well. Arthur defended the policy, saying it???
The Perth Test was Ricky Ponting's last. The former captain and batting great retired after having scored over 27,000 international runs and being part of three World Cup-winning teams. Paul Kane / Getty Images
Australia had a fair amount of success in 2012, which included beating the West Indies to win the Frank Worrell Trophy 2-0. South Africa were Australia's next opponents at home. After dominating but settling for draws in the first two Tests, the hosts los???
Mike Hussey retires from international cricket, another cricketing icon to hang his Baggygreen cap after scoring over 11,000 runs across three versions. All of a sudden, Australia's middle order is looking very inexperienced. Ryan Pierse / Getty Images
Australia quickly put behind their series defeat to South Africa to face Sri Lanka. They win the series by beating Mahela Jayawardene's men 3-0. Robert Cianflone / Getty Images
Arthur expresses surprise at being sacked and sues Cricket Australia for not compensating him as per the contract and for having to cope with racism in the dressing room while he had been coach. Geoff Caddick / AFP
The defending champions are dumped out of the first round of the Champions Trophy after losing a close game to Sri Lanka. They has earlier lost to England while the match against New Zealand was rained off. Philip Brown / Reuters
Things start to go further down for Arthur's Australia after David Warner, the opening batsman, has a Twitter row with two senior Australian journalists over a story run by their publication. Warner's remarks, ridden with expletives, are seen as unbecomin???
After surprisingly conceding the Hobart Test to New Zealand, Australia got ready to host MS Dhoni's India, the world champions. The 2011/12 series, tipped to be evenly-matched, was a whitewash with Clarke's men winning all four Tests. Rajanish Kakade / AP???
Off-field controversies and poor performance on the field prompt Cricket Australia to sack Arthur after just one and a half years in charge. He is replaced by Darren Lehmann, the former Australia middle-order batsman. Michael Steele / Getty Images
Australia travel to India to play four Tests. A tumultuous tour that sees four players suspended by Arthur for not filling out a questionnaire ends with Australia losing all four Tests. Ravichandran Ashwin, the India off-spinner, is named man of the serie???