Mickey Arthur rues scrap with Shane Watson

Aug 21, 2013, 00:48 IST | AFP

Sacked Australian coach Mickey Arthur yesterday admitted he "lost" Shane Watson, while criticising the team's young players for having "big egos" while earning "obscene amounts of money".

The South African has refrained from commenting since being dumped just weeks before the Ashes campaign against England, but in an interview with Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph he detailed a fractured relationship with his vice-captain.

“My relationships were outstanding, except with Watson. He was one of the guys I lost,” Arthur said. “India was where it started going wrong, when we suspended those players. If I sit back and think, ‘would I have done it again?’, well, I probably would. Because I believed so much in what we were trying to do.” 

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