Mickey Arthur to coach Oz?

2011-08-23 07:30

Cape Town - Former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur is regarded as the ideal candidate to be the next coach of Australia's cricket side.

Australia's current coach, Tim Nielsen, has come under fire for poor recent performances from the country that dominated world cricket for longer than a decade from the late 1990's through the 2000's

Nielsen's popularity took a serious dent after their Ashes loss to England last summer.

And according to the Volksblad newspaper, there are now rumblings that Australia should - like India and England - consider appointing a coach from Africa.

India won the recent World Cup with South Africa's Gary Kirsten at the helm and England have become the No 1 Test side with Zimbabwean Andy Flower as coach.

Arthur could thus be a suitable candidate for Australia's next coach. They have never had a foreign coach before.

The 43-year old Arthur said that exciting times does indeed lie ahead.

"I would be a fool not to look at an option like that," said Arthur.

But he is nevertheless committed to his current position.

"My current focus is on my job as Western Australia's coach, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I have made a lot of changes here that I would like to carry through.

Arthur was South Africa's most successful coach to date. Under his guidance the Protea's won a Test series in England for the first time in 40 years and also defeated Australia in Australia for the first time ever.


  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-23 08:01

    Just make sure there are three Aboriginies, two of Eastern European descent & one or two Japanese in the team Mickey. Demographics & all that !

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-23 10:37

      At this Australians, because white Europeans are the vast majority, are more interested in winning than demographics. But if Africa swamps them in the future you WILL see that changing to "demanding rights" and "equal representation" etc. I will have a nice laugh if that happens, eventhough my heart would be sad. Fortunately for them Asia is more likely to swamp them and they don't quite have as big a chip on their shoulders as our African brothers.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-23 10:38

      *At this stage...

  • Tinus - 2011-08-23 08:32

    Am i missing something, its not the 1st April is it.

  • caleb69 - 2011-08-23 08:41

    Thank goodness, now Aus will not be competitive anymore, hopefully now the Proteas will get somewhere. Hopefully he will take his lost son Smith with him.

      vince - 2011-08-23 08:45

      No he won't take Smith, we still need a few wanna be's in our team to play cricket based on there past history.

      bobbythebozo - 2011-08-23 09:14

      Career averages Mat Runs HS Bat Av Carrer 91 7457 277 49.71 March 2009-current 14 1115 183 46.45 Pretty sure there isnt a side in the world that wouldnt snap this guy up. Numbers like those as an opening bat. Take into account he gets his runs fast, captains the side and snaffles up a bunch of edges in the critical slip cordon and you got a cricketer at the top of the order most test sides fantasise about. Of course our fickle supporters think he should get 100 every time he walks to the crease. Maybe they should go take a look through Supersport series averages and find a bunch of openers that could do his job in the way he has. There are not many out there. I got a sneaky feeling Kirstens gna get a late career flourish out of Smith and have all you "cricker fans" eating your words.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-23 10:41

      @bobbythebozo - Keep on throwing stats at these idiots. It exposes their ignorance nicely.

      caleb69 - 2011-08-23 10:51

      How about his stats in World Cups?, are there?

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-23 11:20

      Caleb69. One day cricket is for : 1. Sissies. 2. Students on the p!ss with their " girlfriends. " 3. Little boys & girls. 4. People with little knowledge of cricket. Real cricket lovers & those in the know measure a cricketers ability, through performances in TEST cricket. Smith is not found wanting in all three forms of the game though.

      Happybloke - 2011-08-23 21:36

      Maybe you are scared off Mickey, it seems so, when peole like yourself bag proffesionals is can only means one thing scaredness or stupidness, Smitty will shut up all your poor wankers traps.

  • Christo Present - 2011-08-23 08:43

    Good luck to Mickey if he'll be appointed. It just says alot about the quality of our sportsmen. Also like him because he was not such a nuisance during the World Cup as Jake White is now ahead of the Rugby Worls cup.

  • - 2011-08-23 09:01

    I doubt this guy could add value at club level. What a joke!!!

  • bobbythebozo - 2011-08-23 09:04

    The chances of this happening are somewhere around the region of..... zero.

      ck - 2011-08-23 09:35

      You are ill informed. Those on the inside have a very different view.

      bobbythebozo - 2011-08-23 13:51

      In reality I am not informed at all but I'd be willing to wager a tidy sum that Mickey Arthur does not replace Nielsen as the current coach. If the bookies open up a market on the next Aussie coach I would happily put my money where my mouth is. Not only is it not the Australian way but Mickey Arthur's approach to cricket is anything but Australian.....

  • Nico24 - 2011-08-23 10:56

    He"ll do well,Aussies do not have a Graeme Smith

  • tass - 2011-08-23 11:16

    amazing, india, england are in top form with africa coaches but africa is yet to win a world cup? mickey as aussie coach wish him luck as clark is too sweet and quiet unlike bullish smith.

  • comurray - 2011-08-23 13:23

    I say good luck to Mickey Arthur. Show all your South African critics that you, like Gary Kirsten are capable of improving the team/country who have a high regard for your cricket coaching skills.

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