Australia is now tied 1-1 in the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka after losing by eight wickets in Adelaide on Sunday coming off a comprehensive 107-run win in Melbourne on Friday.
Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson didn’t play in Adelaide due to niggling injuries giving Kane Richardson and Ben Cutting their ODI debuts, but that only once again brought to life the talk about Australia's so-called rotation policy.
Arthur could no longer hold his tongue and the coach revealed that there is no rotation policy, players are not rested unless there is a perceived danger that they could break down if they play and he dearly would love the talk of players being rotated to stop once and for all.
"We are very clear on who our best team is and what our best attack is. I have been really annoyed and frustrated by some of the articles that have been going around because for me it is commonsense," Arthur said.
"Commonsense prevails when we pick teams, we certainly don’t pick teams that can't win games for Australia. We pick teams to give opportunities and we pick what we think is the best side possible to go out and win.
"It's either very naïve or just a little bit stubborn that people don’t understand what we are doing. This thought that sports scientists are picking the team is so far off the mark it's frightening. They give us information and the information is then left up to us to make that decision.
"Michael, myself and the selector on duty make that decision based on information we are given. If we think that it's not worth the risk to pick someone, then we won't pick them but it has only happened three times – Mitchell Starc in Melbourne, Peter Siddle in Perth and Ryan Harris in the West Indies, and we've done that simply because we thought they were at risk."
Australia suffered yet another injury blow in Sunday's loss as well with Haddin straining his hamstring while wicket-keeping after top-scoring with the bat with 50. He now looks set to miss Friday's third game at the Gabba.
"Brad has a slight hamstring strain and he will be assessed tomorrow, and then we will find out how bad it is," Arthur said.
"It was disappointing to have another guy injured. He's handy to have in the team for George (Bailey) as well because he gives us quite a lot of experience out on the ground.
"When he was selected it was partly because of his experience so it was disappointing for George to lose that and it was disappointing for the team because George has acquitted himself really well in these two games, and shown his experience."
Wade will automatically return to replace Haddin in the squad for Friday's game in Brisbane and then Sunday's at the SCG, with skipper Clarke and opener Warner also due back likely to take the spots of Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch. Shane Watson isn’t quite available though.
"For the next squad Clarke, Warner and Wade definitely come back, but I'm not at liberty to tell you too much," Arthur said.
"Hopefully Shane could be available for the round of Shield cricket around the 24th and certainly for the tour to India. He's not that far away either."