Sacked coach Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia reach settlement
Former coach Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia have settled their differences and agreed a settlement.
Last Updated: 31/07/13 2:27pm
The 45-year-old South African was sacked in June, just 16 days before the start of the Ashes series, with the disgruntled Arthur suggesting there was a "deliberate campaign" against him.
Over the last few weeks Arthur has pursued legal proceedings but insisted he was willing to resolve the dispute "on a fair and just basis".
The tourists' preparations for the second Test were rocked when leaked documents included claims of racial discrimination and that captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson were at loggerheads, but on the eve of the third Test at Old Trafford it was revealed a resolution had been achieved.
A joint statement from the South African and Cricket Australia read: "Both Mickey and CA agree that it is unfortunate that the dispute was not settled prior to the issuing of legal proceedings.
"Both parties agree that a resolution now is in the interests of the Australian cricket team and cricket generally in Australia.
"Cricket Australia appreciates the efforts that Mickey applied to his coaching role, and wishes him the very best in his future career."
Arthur was the first non-Australian to coach the team when appointed in 2011 following their 3-1 home Ashes defeat but the team have suffered a string of miserable results, including a 4-0 demolition in the Test series in India and a poor showing in the Champions Trophy.
They have also been troubled with player discipline, with four players suspended in India for failing to provide their thoughts on how Australia could improve in an e-mail, and David Warner suspended for punching England's Joe Root in a bar.
Arthur said he was happy the agreement had been reached before the third Test to avoid any further negative headlines for the players.
"I am very happy with the financial settlement we have reached with Cricket Australia," Arthur added.
"It was a real pity I had to launch legal proceedings but I'm glad we came to a settlement without the need to proceed with potentially expensive and protracted litigation.
"For me this was never solely about the money, I just wanted to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. I have significantly reduced my claim as it has been settled tonight and is not dragging on at any significant cost."