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Sacked Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur has claimed he was discriminated against for being South African and that there is a rift in the Aussie camp between captain Michael Clarke and opener Shane Watson.

A report on Channel Seven in Australia claims Arthur is seeking up to $4m in compensation or his job back after he was replaced 16 days out from the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge by Darren Lehmann.

The TV report also claims Arthur was tipped off about the incident involving David Warner throwing a punch at England’s Joe Root by his teammate Watson.

Warner was fined $11,500 and suspended until the first Test – he’s joined Australia A in South Africa and is expected to take part in some form in the Ashes series which continues from Thursday at Lord’s.

Arthur also believes he wasn’t backed by Cricket Australia when he took a tough stance on players not fulfilling their obligations in the incident in India now known as "homeworkgate".

Cricket Australia's lawyer Dean Kino is quoted in the Daily Telegraph: "We are disappointed it has come to this position. I am sure that it will get resolved in an appropriate fashion."

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Axed Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur claims he was discriminated against for being South African and a Clarke-Watson rift
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