Haddin: Arthur was very, very insecure

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Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has labelled former coach Mickey Arthur "very, very insecure."

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has labelled former coach Mickey Arthur "very, very insecure."

New head coach Darren Lehmann succeeded Arthur earlier this year. The South African has since undertaken a consulting role with rugby union franchise Western Force.

"Mickey was very, very insecure and that came across in a lot of our selections and our plays, I think, to be perfectly honest," said Haddin.

"I think the brand of cricket we want to play got lost in the period that Mickey had a hold of us.

"I don't think he understood and was secure enough in himself to get us to where we needed to go.

"Under Darren we've got a clear message of where we want to go and how we're going to get there. He is able to help guys on the way to get to that point."

Arthur played a substantial role in the dropping of all-rounder Shane Watson, fast bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja on disciplinary groudns during the four-nil Test series defeat in India earlier this year.

"That wasn't the Australian cricket team that I knew when I flew into Mohali. That was a unique situation which in all seriousness I can't really explain. It was uncomfortable, walking into it," added Haddin.

"Guys jumping at shadows and the insecurity around everything that was being done. It's just refreshing to get back here now and enjoy the game for what it is – a great game that's been great for all of us."

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