Clarke calls Watson 'a cancer'

Mickey Arthur (Gallo Images)
Mickey Arthur (Gallo Images)
Melbourne - According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, former Australia coach Mickey Arthur has claimed that Australian captain Michael Clarke called former vice-captain Shane Watson a 'cancer' in the team, according to court documents submitted by Mickey Arthur as part of his $4 million (R40m) claim against Cricket Australia.

The revelations that threaten to destabilise the Australian team further, as they eye the second Test at Lord's on the back of defeat in the first Test in the current Ashes series, as Arthur detailed a divided dressing room that impacted negatively on the team's performance in the current season.

In a statement in a Melbourne court, Arthur claimed he was the "meat in the sandwich" in a feud between Clarke and Watson, who was vice-captain until he resigned down from the position in April.

Arthur is seeking $4 million in damages from Cricket Australia after he was fired as coach 16 days before the start of the Ashes and replaced by Darren Lehmann.

Arthur's legal action against CA includes claims he was discriminated against because he was South African and says he was not given full support by the governing body after he and Clarke punished four players in the notorious homework scandal on their tour of India in March.

In another revelation, Arthur claimed Watson had tipped him off about David Warner’s bar-room brawl with England’s Joe Root during the recent ICC Champions Trophy, which saw Warner suspended.

Cricket Australia's general manager of legal and business affairs Dean Kino said: "We’re disappointed that it’s come to this position. CA is quite clear on its position on this matter and I’m sure it will get resolved in the appropriate fashion."

Warner admitted on Monday he felt partly to blame for Arthur’s axing due to his conduct during the ICC Champions Trophy.
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