Proteas

Mickey labels Gibbs a 'loner'

2010-11-05 09:05
Herschelle Gibbs (File)
Perth - Reacting to Herschelle Gibbs's claims that he had no influence in the team, former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur has described the out-of-favour opener as "somewhat of a loner".

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"Hersch was a little bit of a loner. He sort of hung by himself. He never really mixed too freely with the rest of the group," said Arthur, according to the Cricket Next website.

"He certainly didn't mix with Graeme (Smith) at all and I guess there was a little barrier between the two there," Arthur was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

The flamboyant opener, in his autobiography To the Point, criticised the power set-up under Arthur.

Gibbs said that current captain Graeme Smith was afforded too much power during Arthur's reign from 2005-2010.

Arthur, however, hit back at Gibbs saying the 36-year-old would have had little idea what was going on around him.

"For the last three years of my time, Herschelle was in and out of the side. He wasn't there for most of the time," said Arthur, who is now coach of Western Australia.

"I hope he hasn't burnt too many bridges."

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