CA reaffirm Arthur pick

2011-11-22 10:25

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."


  • Matthew - 2011-11-22 10:56

    At least he wont have to contend with Captain Smith second guessing all of his decisions.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-22 12:12

      He is a good pick, Aus will not regret it, he seems to man manage well, and he has learnt a lot since he coached us. He also will have less political pressure at play

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-11-22 22:08

      And he will not have to contend with a quota system !! Good luck

  • Dennis - 2011-11-22 10:58

    CA, do you was Biff too ?

  • Lionel - 2011-11-22 10:59

    You Aussies don't know how lucky you are to have Mickey!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-22 11:32

      Yeah, the Aussies will become very dominant in future, again. Some time to build, get new blood and they will be on top. We, SA, need to take notice.

  • Leon - 2011-11-22 11:21

    Hope he takes Smith with him.

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-22 11:24

    Matthew & Deeteem - Do you guys actually know anything about cricket? I am really getting tired of people who criticize our team all the time, but they themselves have no clue what it takes to be a captain of an International team and perform at the highest level...! You cannot buy class in the form of Smith, Kallis, AB, Amla, etc...Back your team ALL the way, or find another team to support!

      Sedick - 2011-11-22 11:50

      I agree that the Proteas have serious class in their squad. But one must ask how they continually fail when the squeeze is on. They played a weak Australian team, and came short. They have 2 of the best bowlers, 3/4 of the top batsman, but flattered to deceive....

  • rory.litchfield - 2011-11-23 04:10

    wel done mickey ! another great challenge. I am sure you will do well.

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