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‘Live and die by sword’ Arthur says no blame on Oz players for sacking

Sydney, June 25 (ANI): Sacked Australian coach Mickey Arthur has said that he ‘lived and died by the sword’ and added that he does not blame his players for his surprising axing just before the Ashes.

Admitting that he has to take responsibility for the team’s failings, the South African coach said that as a head coach, he is responsible for the outcomes, adding that he does not feel let down by the players as they are a still a young learning group, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Stating that he is a man of principle, Arthur further said that he is structured in the way he goes about things as he firmly believes that a team with culture is a successful team, adding that despite giving the job his 100 percent during his entire stint, at the end of the day, he ‘lived and died by the sword’.

Admitting that he had paid the price for the team’s inconsistent results, Arthur, however, maintained that he had no regrets over recent events, including the handling of David Warner’s punching of England’s Joe Root in a Birmingham bar, adding that the incident was appropriately handled.

According to Arthur, he completely trusted the current squad as they are very well led and talented, although he added that they have been forced to learn the ropes in the hard way at this moment

However, Arthur further said that he is confident that the players will make a comeback from all their misfortunes with a better coach and an outstanding captain, adding that he hoped that the team would front the Ashes with every confidence.

Although Arthur was disappointed at losing his job as he believed that he had given his 100 percent, he said that he would like to remembered as leaving his post with professional pride and dignity. (ANI)