Compton ditched as Australia sack coach before Ashes
England and Australia both took ruthless decisions yesterday in their quest for the Ashes. The home side dropped opening bat Nick Compton, as the tourists sacked their coach, Mickey Arthur with 15 days to go before the series starts at Trent Bridge.
Australia announced that Arthur, coach for 18 months, was being replaced by former Test batsman Darren Lehmann, above, before, hours later, England jettisoned Compton and promoted Joe Root as Alastair Cook’s partner. Although the squad announced was for a warm-up match against Essex next week, there is no way back for Compton.
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia’s chief executive, who was instrumental in orchestrating Arthur’s fate, said: “The timing is far from ideal but we didn’t feel we could sit back and hope matters would change.
“It isn’t the type of change we want to make three weeks from the Ashes but change is needed. The coach is not solely responsible but we didn’t want to get to a stage in this series where we felt we could have done something about it.” further comment, MORE
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It is difficult to understand what Australia are up to. This is largely because they do not have a clue either. In a sensational act of desperation they have sacked their coach Mickey Arthur. MORE