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Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur regrets homeworkgate cricket bans

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016

Former Australian coach Mickey Arthur has made a frank admission about the homeworkgate saga that led in part to his sacking, conceding the punishment might have been too harsh.

Arthur, who will coach Pakistan in the three-Test series that starts on Thursday in Brisbane, was axed by Cricket Australia on the eve of the 2013 Ashes.

The South African's dismissal came shortly after handing down suspensions to Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson - who were all stood down from a Test in Mohali.

The quartet failed to provide Arthur with written feedback on how the team could improve.

"I would do a couple of things differently, without a doubt I would," Arthur told Fox Sports on Tuesday.

"The constant thing that always plagues and plagues me is around homeworkgate. Would I have handled that differently? I guess I might have.

"Probably not suspend four guys ... maybe the punishment didn't fit the crime."

Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur says he had to make a stand during homeworkgate but admits the punishment didn't fit the crime. © Francois Nel/Getty Images Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur says he had to make a stand during homeworkgate but admits the punishment didn't fit the crime. However, Arthur reiterated his explanation that a "significant stand" had to be made.

"Discipline was not where it should be," he said.

"We wanted to try and create an environment of excellence."

Arthur shared a laugh with his successor Darren Lehmann, captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner on Tuesday at the Gabba.

He also hoped to catch up with Michael Clarke, noting his relationship was "soured" by legal proceedings Arthur launched against Cricket Australia.

Leaked documents at the time detailed allegations Clarke had called Shane Watson a "cancer".

"I reached out to Michael because I felt an obligation to Michael," Arthur recalled.

"Pup and I had a really good relationship. Our relationship was really solid. Obviously, around the time when I went through the legal issue, there was that stuff that came out which soured our relationship.

"But we've spoken through that."

Khawaja insisted on Tuesday he moved on from the saga a long time ago, while Josh Hazlewood noted the team had "a different culture now and ... things have improved a lot" since Lehmann's appointment.

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