17 Jul 2013

Sacked coach suing Cricket Australia

5:55 am on 17 July 2013

Mickey Arthur is demanding about $4.7 million in compensation or reinstatement as Australia's cricket coach following his sacking last month, according to documents seen by Australia's Seven News TV nertwork.

Arthur issued a statement in response saying he was disappointed that confidential details had been leaked to the media about the lawsuit that includes claims that he suffered racial discrimination.

It is also reported that Arthur said captain Michael Clarke had described fellow batsman Shane Watson's influence on the team as "a cancer".

The former South African coach says he's extremely disappointed that confidential documents appear to have been given by others to the media, especially as he was at pains to keep confidential issues within the Australian team which are very sensitive.

Since his sacking after David Warner punched England's Joe Root in a bar, before the start of the Ashes test series, Arthur has said he felt discriminated against because he was South African and did not understand the 'Australian way'.