‘The team culture made them do it’ – Arthur defends Smith, Warner and Bancroft

The ravaging of the public image of Australian cricket, in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal that resulted in 12-month suspensions of the team’s captain and vice-captain, was a long time coming, according to Mickey Arthur, the former Australia coach whose own attempts to change the team culture came to an ignominious end in 2013.

Arthur, who was in charge of Australia from 2011 to 2013, was appointed in the wake of the Argus review with one of his mandates being the rehabilitation of the team’s dressing-room environment. However, he was sacked in the lead-up to the 2013 Ashes, with the players rounding on him in the wake of the Homework-gate saga, when he suspended four of the team for failing to complete an assignment he had issued during their tour of India.

Writing in a column on Players Voice, Arthur – who is currently in charge of Pakistan, having also coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010 – suggested that “every other Test playing nation feels Australia looks down at them and I say this as someone who has coached two of

Article source: http://www.espn.co.uk/cricket/story/_/id/22950947/the-team-culture-made-do-arthur-defends-smith-warner-bancroft

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