Mickey Arthur disappointed by Australia sacking

Arthur disappointed by Australia sacking
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Mickey Arthur admits that he is "disappointed" at being sacked as coach of Australia.

Mickey Arthur has admitted that he is "disappointed" at being sacked as coach of Australia.

Arthur, who took charge of the side in 2011, was relieved of his duties on Monday and replaced by Darren Lehmann.

"Naturally I'm very disappointed with how this has all ended," the 45-year-old told Cricket Australia's official website.

"I certainly wanted to see the job through but I accept that the team hasn't been completely galvanised under my leadership and our performances have been inconsistent.

"I'm certainly a believer in good culture and traditions much like all Australians and feel we were starting to get a shift in the right direction."

The managerial changes come 16 days before the start of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

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