Arthur defends himself over Haddin comments

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Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur has defended himself against the criticism leveled against him by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who said Arthur was 'insecure' when he was in charge of the national side.

Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur has defended himself against the criticism leveled against him by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who said Arthur was 'insecure' when he was in charge of the national side.

Haddin had earlier in the week said the players were much happier with Darren Lehmann in charge, and that Arthur hadn't been "secure enough in himself to get us to where we needed to go".

The South African coach, who was sacked two weeks before the Ashes in England earlier this year, responded on a radio interview in Perth, where he now lives, saying Haddin wasn't even part of the side for much of the time he was in charge.

Arthur said on Wednesday: "Brad for a long period of the time wasn't part of the team. So for Brad to say those things is a little bit naive. Brad wasn't aware of the direction I was taking the team.

"Brad was one of the senior players who lost his place, was left out for a young guy like Matthew Wade to come in for us to build a brand that was going to be sustainable over a period of time, because at 35 the brand wasn't going to be sustainable with Brad Haddin keeping wicket.

"A couple of them that were jumping at shadows were the guys who weren't doing what was expected, those were the guys trying to take short cuts. You don't come in and mess with a culture that has been successful.

"[But] the cycle had turned, we had lost a lot of experienced players, which meant we needed to create our own brand, our own culture, and put in place a sustainable value system that any player coming up from state level could walk straight in and feel comfortable and know what is expected of them.

"I did that job to the best of my ability, I can look back on my time there and say I gave it an almighty crack. If that crack wasn't good enough, I can live with that, but I did try to get Australian cricket back to where it deserved to be."

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