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Michael Clarke (left) and  Mickey Arthur had imposed strict bans on four players for not doing the homework on the Indian tour in March 2013 © Getty Images

Sydney: Jul 16, 2013

Michael Clarke called his teammate Shane Watson a “cancer” on the Australian cricket team, as per documents lodged by sacked national coach Mickey Arthur as part of $4 million claim against Cricket Australia (CA).

This news might send shockwaves to Australian cricket team on the eve of second Test match starting at Lord’s on Thursday reports Sydney Morning Herald.

Arthur has reportedly detailed the acrimonious incidents of the dressing room which he believed were responsible for team’s dismal on-field performances.

Arthur’s legal action against CA includes claims that he was discriminated since he was South African. The governing body didn’t support him after he and Clarke imposed one-match ban against four players after they failed to do their homework on the Indian tour.

Arthur also revealed that Watson tipped him off over David Warner‘s bar-brawl where the southpaw punched Joe Root in Birmingham. This incident led to Warner’s suspension in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and also the lead-up matches to the Ashes.

Arthur was made the scapegoat for Australia’s sliding performances on and off the field.

Warner said on Monday he felt partly responsible for his role in Arthur’s axing because of his conduct at a Birmingham nightclub during the Champions Trophy