Arthur named new Oz coach

2011-11-22 06:40

Sydney - South Africa's Mickey Arthur has been appointed Australia's new head cricket coach two months after Tim Nielsen quit, completing a sweeping revamp of the way the team is run.

The 43-year-old is the first non-Australian to take the job and will assume the reins for the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane on December 1, promising to bring a "fresh, unblinkered eye" to the job.

"I am honoured and privileged to have another chance to coach an international team, particularly a team of the ilk of Australia," said Arthur, who coached South Africa from 2005 until 2010.

Since then he has worked with Western Australia.

"I think I bring a fresh, unblinkered eye to the role after plotting against Australia when coaching South Africa and having now worked within the Australian system with the Western Warriors," he added.

"Australia has an abundance of cricket talent and I am confident the talent is there to ensure Australia is successful."

The announcement came hours after the Australians chased down a target of 310 in Johannesburg to beat South Africa and share their two-match Test series, where Troy Cooley was in the role of interim coach.

Cooley had made clear he would not be applying for the head coach job, with former Test wicketkeeper and NSW coach Steve Rixon seen by many as the frontrunner.

Tom Moody and Justin Langer were also candidates, but Arthur won the race.

His appointment follows recommendations by the Argus Review, sparked by the team's humiliating 3-1 Ashes series defeat to England this year and aimed at getting Australia back to the top of world cricket.

Chief selector Andrew Hilditch and fellow selector Greg Chappell were high-profile casualties of the seven-month probe, headed by Don Argus, the former chief of mining giant BHP Billiton.

Based on the findings, a new chairman of selectors, former Test batsman John Inverarity, was appointed on a full-time basis last month. Hilditch had been part-time.

Ex-rugby union international Pat Howard was also picked as general manager for team performance -- a new position recommended by the review, with Arthur to report to him and Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

Howard said Arthur was the best man for the job, found after what he said was a global search and review of a long list of Australian and overseas candidates.

"Mickey impressed on a number of levels, including his proven ability to turn teams around and his deep knowledge of the Australian cricket scene and its current and prospective future international players across three formats," Howard said.

Arthur, who managed 6 557 runs playing for Free State, Griqualand West and South Africa A before hanging up his boots in 2001, has been contracted until 2015.

This will take him through to the next ICC World Cup, due to be staged in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Nielsen stepped down following a tour of Sri Lanka after four years in the job.

During his tenure, Australia lost two Ashes series against England and failed to retain the limited-overs World Cup in April after winning it on the previous three occasions.

Australian cricket is undergoing a transitional period following the retirement of greats such as Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist.


  • onemate - 2011-11-22 06:55

    Oh hell there go's AUS cricket, goodbye AUS.

      Bob - 2011-11-22 08:16

      On what basis do you come up with that opinion, Arthur has proven to be a great coach, I think the Aussies know what they are doing, I think Arthur will enjoy coaching a very talented and hard working bunch of players, good luck to him.

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-22 08:27

      lol he achieved alot with sa . . . 1st ever coach to win a test series down under, 1st since 1967 to win in england. he built us up and gave us the amla's, steyns, morkels etc. politics messed things up and now he doesnt have to worry about all that . . .

      Gunner - 2011-11-22 10:04

      Remember guys , he is not known as Mickey mouse for no reason...Good luck aussies!!!!

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-11-22 07:04

    What has this guy got that we don't know of?

      Stirer - 2011-11-22 10:18

      Reputation and success

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-11-22 07:04

    What has this guy got that we don't know of?

  • Kevin - 2011-11-22 07:11

    Well done Mickey, it's going to be a pleasure for you to be able to work at your job without those interfering politicians all trying to have their say in a sport they know nothing about. Meanwhile SA cricket will continue to stuff around, trying to sort out CSA's problems, the quota system and interference from government. We could earn a lesson from Aussie cricket - fix something when it's broken, leave it alone when it's not. I think Gary is going to find it was easier working with the Indian team.......

      Ockie - 2011-11-22 07:50

      Kevin you might be right about the quota system, but I will be honest ... I can not name a single player in the national team fitting that description. I beleive that they are all there on merit. I even think that a guy like Alviro peterson should feel a bit unlucky to loose his place. In the past, there was interference when Ntini lost form, and years ago there were such issues as well, but not at present.

      Kitty - 2011-11-22 08:15

      Well said Ockie. Look who was man of the series yesterday.

  • Ian - 2011-11-22 07:13

    oh hell, now the ozzies will also be a bunch of chokers

  • Joseph - 2011-11-22 07:15

    sleeping with the enermy,i guess one eye will be opened the entire night!!!!!!!!!!

      benjaminvanstaden - 2011-11-22 08:21

      You could say the same for John Mitchell at the Lions rugby team.......... Wake up dude!!! Sport is global..... It's a proffesion

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-22 07:22

    Good luck to Mickey Arthur.

  • isak.dippenaar - 2011-11-22 07:29

    the only reason Arthur left the RSA job was the big fat and egoist of a captain with his singing wife. Now he Arthur has a point to make and yes we will not with his knowledge of RSA weakpoints be able to beat the Aussies soon. Not untill the egos come down to the IQ stage in the RSA team.

      James - 2011-11-22 08:04

      Is this the same fat captain who had the 2nd highest South African run average in the series against OZ?

  • Stephen - 2011-11-22 08:12

    Yippeeeeeeee!! Aussie cricket is now confirmed on the way down!! Man that has made my day. Mickey Mouse will ensure that. After years of incompetent coaching of SA it will take years for the Aussie team to recover. SA is slowly on the road to recovery. Its Gary's first series and don't expect miracles at this early stage. A year from now you won't recognise this team.

  • Justin - 2011-11-22 08:21

    Cool, now we have our man on the inside to plot the aussies demise!! But seriously good luck Mickey.

  • PatPion - 2011-11-22 08:28

    Why am I the only one that thinks this guy is a great coach?

  • Peter - 2011-11-22 08:40

    there you go with your aussie mentality again,judas!!!!!!!!!!

  • barrybru - 2011-11-22 08:43

    Whoa! A South African coaching the Aussies... who would have predicted that. Maybe now we can get over things on our side and consider a Kiwi, John Mitchell, to coach the Springboks!

      martin.stabrey - 2011-11-22 08:55

      Not South African for much longer from what can be gathered. Arthur is apparently seeking Aus citizenship - according to The Australian newspaper.

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-22 09:21

    Ha Arthur will have to shoulder lots of responsibilties for the aussies , good luck as clark pup is too sweet , bit of wuus at times , whereas smith here was in charge took all responsibilties , arthur hardly did much

  • Niel - 2011-11-22 10:20

    never liked him. Get rid of crap to australia. I think we better off with Gary Kirsten.

  • Nick - 2011-11-22 10:37

    And yet another sports related person leaves for overseas. Wonder what the running total stands at now?

  • comurray - 2011-11-22 14:03

    With Mickey Arthur in charge of Australian cricket team, SA will never beat them again. He did a fine transformation job while in charge of SA.

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