25 Jun 2013

Clarke concedes he's partly to blame for coach's sacking

6:16 pm on 25 June 2013

With his leadership credentials questioned following the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur, Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke says there's nothing more he could have done to be with his teammates during the Champions Trophy.

The former Test captain Ian Chappell has criticised Clarke following Arthur's dismissal, saying he has serious concerns about the skipper's leadership qualities off the field.

While David Warner and teammates decided to hit the town in Birmingham despite a loss to England, Clarke was holed up in London working on his back injury.

Chappell said Clarke's appearance at a Shane Warne charity event on the day after Warner threw his punch at Joe Root showed he could have taken breaks from his treatment to be there for his teammates at important stages throughout that tumultuous week in Birmingham.

Clarke, who was informed of the intention to sack Arthur at the weekend, admits he considers himself partly accountable for the reasons which led to Arthur being dismissed from the role.