Resignation unrelated to Arthur: Pup

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Michael Clarke's ... selector resignation unrelated to Arthur's axing. Source: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

It has certainly been a big couple of weeks.

To have Mickey Arthur sacked as our coach by Cricket Australia came as a shock to everyone in the touring squad.

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But to have Darren Lehmann named as coach was exciting for all of us and things have started well for him with a strong win over Somerset last Saturday.

I've got a fantastic relationship with Mickey. I was very close to him and think he's a great man. He's a very loyal, very caring person.

I found his axing quite tough and Mickey was obviously hurting at the time.

To hear about the passing of his mum made a difficult situation far worse. I really feel for Mickey at the moment.

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I've been in close contact with him in South Africa to make sure he's going okay.

I played a lot with Darren and really admire the way he goes about his cricket.

We have very similar mindsets about training hard, always striving to improve when we're working on our game and playing attacking, attractive cricket.

We play to win. That will always come first. We will be aggressive and try to take the game forward at every opportunity.

Darren wants us to enjoy the game and emphasises quality over quantity at training.

When we played together almost a decade ago he was one of the leaders around the group.

He never had the official title of captain or vice-captain but he always had a big input and everyone respected his views.

Darren welcomed me with open arms into the team and certainly played a big part in the start of my career.

I'm really excited to be working with him. The last week's been great getting back to talking about cricket together like we did when I played with him.

My decision to resign as a selector had nothing to do with Mickey being sacked.

I have been thinking about it since our tour of India, sending an email to James Sutherland and Pat Howard shortly after our return suggesting I stand down.

They did not think the timing was right at that stage but with the appointment of Darren as coach me stepping down as a selector became part of the team's fresh beginning.

Being a selector is a full time job with a lot of meetings, phone hook ups and constant conversations with players inside and outside the team.

I felt my energies would be better spent working within the team.

I have always worked hard on strengthening my back since it began to give me problems as a teenager and I was glad to be able to get through the four-day match against Somerset, spending a total of two and a half hours at the crease without any trouble.

I'm looking forward to taking on Worcester from Tuesday in our last first class match before the first Test begins at Trent Bridge on July 10.

With almost all our batsmen and bowlers showing good form against Somerset selection for the first Test is going to be tough.

We are determined to give as many players as possible an opportunity so almost everyone who missed out against Somerset will play against Worcester, giving us a very different team to last week.

But I think that's great.

With many in our Ashes squad playing in Australia A's victory over Gloucester a fortnight ago and our recent triumph over Somerset, we can feel the momentum building.

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