Had it not been a practice match, Australia would have suffered their biggest loss by runs in their cricketing history when India, who stamped their NO 1 ODI ranking on Champions Trophy, crushed them by 265 runs. What was further a reason of concern for Cricket Australia were the events unfolding off-field. While Michael Clarke was still struggling with this back, the ghosts of the ‘homework’ incident involving their now premium bet on field, Shane Watson, and IPL twitter rant of David Warner still hovered over Cricket Australia.
To make things worse, Warner ended up in a brawl against English cricketer Joe Root and allegedly even punched him, summoning for reactions which had put culture of Australian cricket in question. All this ensured that something dramatic would unfold before Ashes and it happened when Michael Clarke quit as selector; and Mickey Arthur was unceremoniously dumped as Australia coach and replaced by former Australian cricketer, Darren Lehmann.