CA reaffirm Arthur pick

2011-11-22 10:25
James Sutherland (File)
Cape Town - Cricket Australia have made no qualms about their appointment of former Proteas coach, Mickey Arthur, as the new coach of the Australian national cricket team.

Arthur becomes the first non-Australian coach the team, but despite his defection to the team South Africans love to hate, his new employers are convinced they made a remarkable coup out of 70 applicants from all over the world, of which only six were interviewed.

CA’s chief executive, James Sutherland was impressed by Arthur's vision for the future of Australian cricket.

"He presented that quite articulately and he was very clear about sustained success, that it wasn’t going to happen overnight," said Sutherland.

"The clarity around what his message to the players was going to be was also very important, about developing a style of play that's step by step and building that success."

Arthur responded to the media saying that respect is key, whilst putting Australian concerns about his nationality to bed.

"You get respect straight away when you get the job but you've actually got to earn it during a period of time," Arthur said.

"I believe can earn that with any team that I've been with. Ultimately, you want a guy that's perceived as the best for the job regardless of nationality."

"By the way, my great-grandfather was Australian ... so I do feel a little bit of affinity with Australia."

At the same time CA does not expect any backlash for not appointing an Australian national to lead the side after Tim Nielsen stepped down two months ago.

"If we go back to the Australian team performance review, the words of Don Argus were around finding the best people for the job."

"That's what this process has been all about and that's what the other recruits that we've picked up over the last few weeks have been all about - finding the best people to do the job that we need to do for Australian cricket right now."

"We're very, very confident that we have the right man in Mickey Arthur."

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