Arthur vows to attack England

2012-06-18 21:09
Mickey Arthur (File)

London - Australia coach Mickey Arthur has promised an aggressive approach from his side when they face England in their upcoming one-day international series.

The Australians have arrived in England for five one-dayers against their oldest foes which will serve as something of a scene-setter for next year's tour where they will look to regain the Ashes.

But while England may be the world's top-ranked Test side, Australia are the number ones in the 50-over game - a position they will look to cement when, after a warm-up against Leicestershire and this weekend's clash against Ireland in Belfast, they face England in the first one-dayer at Lord's on June 29.

"We are world number ones and we aim to come out and play a really good, exciting and sustainable brand of cricket," Arthur told Sky Sports in Leicester on Monday.

"We have an exciting team. We have some real firepower in our attack and we're looking forward to a good, interesting series," the South African added.

"England are playing really well. I watched them the other day and they played some good cricket. They are tough in their own conditions.

"We're a changing team and the aim for us is to stay number one while we keep evolving as a side. That's a challenge in itself."

Arthur said this tour would give some of Australia's rising stars, who could well feature in the 2013 Ashes, valuable experience of English conditions.

"This is purely about winning a one-day series, but it does allow us to give the likes of Pat Cummins and James Pattinson opportunities in conditions they will be facing for three and a half months next year," he said.

"We're now blessed with a really good array of fast bowlers. We can pick any one of eight without weakening our side.

"There will be injuries and it would be naive to think otherwise.

"I believe the Ashes next year will evolve around which team has the fittest attack and can keep that attack on the park for five Test matches."

England face the West Indies in the second of three one-day internationals at The Oval on Tuesday, having won last weekend's series opener in Southampton by 114 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Read more on:    mickey arthur  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership nearing its conclusion, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Bidvest Wits hold them off? A bridge too far for new boys Cape Town City FC? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who should open the batting alongside Dean Elgar in SA's four-Test series against England in July?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.