The Australian Cricket Team has sensationally sacked South African coach Mickey Arthur just two weeks out from the beginning of the Ashes series, reports the BBC.

In what has come as a shock to the Australian cricket public, Arthur has been made the scapegoat for the recent problems in Australian cricket and has been shown the door.

Arthur was sacked after a meeting between Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland and high performance manager Pat Howard that took place in Bristol, where Australia A has been in action against Gloucester.

He is set to be replaced by former Australian cricketer Darren Lehmann who is the current coach of Australia A and has also been successful with the Queensland Shield side and the Brisbane Heat, who were crowned champions of the Big Bash League (Australia's Domestic T20 competition).

Arthur has been in charge of the Australian side in a period of decline in not only performance, but also discipline.

Following on from the 'Homeworkgate' scandal from the tour of India has been the disciplinary action taken against David Warner for his Twitter barrage against senior Australian cricket journalists Malcolm Conn and Robert Craddock.

Warner also reacted to an incident from England player Joe Root in a Birmingham bar, punching the England International and being stood down from all cricket for his country until the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10.

These instances of a lack of discipline, plus a fractious relationship with some senior players, like former vice captain Shane Watson has led to Cricket Australia coming to this decision. 

Cricket Australia CEO Sutherland will be holding a press conference late Monday night Australian time in which he is expected to announce Darren Lehmann as the new man in charge of the national side. 

It is the last thing the Australian side needs as it failed to win a match at the Champions Trophy tournament as it heads into a vital period of Cricket, in which it plays an Ashes series against England in the winter, before returning to Australia to face the same opponent in the Australian summer.

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