<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia's young cricketers have big egos, earn obscene amount of money: Mickey Arthur" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130626155353.jpg" title="Australia's young cricketers have big egos, earn obscene amount of money: Mickey Arthur" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mickey Arthur was sacked as Australian coach just two weeks prior to the Ashes © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Aug 20, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Sacked Australian coach <a href="/tags/Mickey-Arthur/post" target="_blank">Mickey Arthur</a> on Tuesday admitted he "lost" <a href="/tags/Shane-Watson/post" target="_blank">Shane Watson</a>, while criticising the team's young players for having "big egos" while earning "obscene amounts of money".<br /> <br /> The South African has refrained from commenting since being dumped just weeks before the Ashes campaign against England, but in an interview with Sydney's <em>The Daily Telegraph</em> he detailed a fractured relationship with his vice-captain.<br /> <br /> "My relationships were outstanding, except with Watson. He was one of the guys I lost," Arthur said.<br /> <br /> "India was where it started going wrong, when we suspended those players. If I sit back and think, 'would I have done it again?', well, I probably would. Because I believed so much in what we were trying to do."<br /> <br /> In a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/Australia-tour-of-India-2013/post" target="_blank">shambolic Test tour of India</a> earlier this year that <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>lost 4-0, Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were all disciplined by Arthur after failing to submit feedback requested by team management.<br /> <br /> They were axed with Watson controversially sent home.<br /> <br /> "I met with all our staff before I did it and our staff were adamant that was the right way to go," said Arthur.<br /> <br /> "I ended up making those decisions and then ended up bearing the brunt of them."<br /> <br /> Arthur ultimately paid the price for a poor Champions Trophy campaign in <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>after India and a lack of discipline in the team, which came to a head when David Warner punched England's Joe Root in a Birmingham bar in June.<br /> <br /> The coach was fired with two years still on his contract and replaced by Darren Lehmann.<br /> <br /> Arthur sued Cricket Australia for his job back or up to Aus$4 million (US$3.7 million) in compensation, saying there was a deliberate campaign against him. But he settled after "significantly reducing" his claim.<br /> <br /> Arthur said he was annoyed because "I put my head on the line with a lot of big decisions and a lot of the people who were very keen for us to make those decisions then backtracked".<br /> <br /> Australia embarked on the troubled India tour without the experience of <a href="/tags/Ricky-Ponting/post" target="_blank">Ricky Ponting</a> and Mike Hussey, who both retired, and Arthur said the squad missed the batsmen's steadying influence.<br /> <br /> He said a worrying lack of leadership prompted him to draw up a document of guidelines for the young players entering the squad.<br /> <br /> "I spent so much time with our manager and we put together this whole values document for all the young players coming into the Australian side," he said.<br /> <br /> "They got a booklet and we told them exactly what the expectations were, because the young guys coming in didn't know.<br /> <br /> "They're good players, they're not great players. They're earning obscene amounts of money and they've got big egos, but they don't know the best way to go about it.<br /> <br /> "So we were putting in these definite guidelines because we had no leaders there. So that fell on me to educate the guys and ultimately I'm the guy who loses it."<br /> <br /> In addition to the lack of leadership and inflated egos, Arthur noticed something else, <em>The Telegraph</em> reported.<br /> <br /> "What I saw is Australia is very much an 'old boys' club. A lot of the ex-players carry a huge amount of weight and what they say, a lot goes, and that was the disappointing thing."