Cricket Australia has fired national coach Mickey Arthur and replaced him with former Test batsman Darren Lehmann, just 16 days before the start of the Ashes series.

As part of the coaching restructure, captain Michael Clarke has stepped down as a selector of the team.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said “It obviously isn’t the type of change we want to make three weeks out from the Ashes commencing but we believe a change is needed.”

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