Brisbane - Mickey Arthur said on Monday he wants to prove
Cricket Australia erred by sacking him as he returns as coach of Pakistan for
this week's day-night Test in Brisbane.
South African Arthur, who was fired by Cricket Australia on
the eve of the 2013 Ashes after a run of defeats and replaced by current
national coach Darren Lehmann, will be plotting Pakistan's strategy for the
three-Test series that starts at the Gabba on Thursday.
Arthur, 48, said there was a part of him that still had a
point to prove to his former employers.
"I wouldn't be honest if I said otherwise," he
"That's what happens. It's a ruthless world out there.
"I always maintain that I loved the first year and a
bit of it, it was outstanding and I felt we made some significant progress.
"This series isn't about me against Australia. It's
about two very good cricket teams going head to head, I hope that can be the
Arthur said he was coming to terms with his anticipated
return to face his former team on the other side.
"It's pretty surreal really to be walking into the
Gabba... coming back as a visiting coach," he said.
Arthur's tenure was marked by the so-called
"homeworkgate", when four players - Shane Watson, James Pattinson,
Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja - were banned for one Test for failing to
complete a written task set during a disastrous tour of India in 2013.
Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc said the home team
was "a lot closer" since Arthur was replaced with Lehmann.
"The team wasn't very close in those times but that's
because of different characters," Arthur said.
"Since then the guys have matured and gone on...
Mitchell Starc is a world-class cricketer."
Arthur said he was prepared with some insider information
about the current Australian players but it was up to his Pakistan team to put
it to good use.
"The intelligence is good... we'll be providing a whole
lot of information, he said.
"Assistant coach (and former Australia coach) Steve
Rixon knows the guys pretty well as well.
"The information is useless if you don't put it into