Australia turn to Arthur

November 22, 2011
Mickey Arthur

by Yellowmonkey

Mickey Arthur has been appointed Australia’s new head coach, signing a deal that will keep him with the country until after the World Cup in 2015.

The South African born Arthur is the first foreigner to coach the Australian national side in their history. He beat off challenges from Justin Langer, Tom Moody, and Steve Rixon for the job.

Arthur who was born in Johannesburg coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010 in what was a very successful time for the country. He led South Africa to a maiden series victory in Australia, as well as winning on English soil for the first time in 43 years.

In 2010 Arthur left his post after resigning because of a fall out with the South African Cricket Board. He has recently been in charge of Western Australia where the Australian Cricket Board have been keeping a close eye on him.

Despite an Australian victory in Johannesburg yesterday, Arthur has a big job on his hands to reinstate a side that has now slipped to fourth in the Test rankings. Australia had topped the rankings in all forms of the game throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s and they will be hoping to recapture this position under Arthur.

Arthur has little time to settle into the job as he starts a two Test series with his new adopted country on 1st December against New Zealand at the Gabba. Following this series, Australia host India in a four match Test series.

The 43 year olds greatest challenge will come in 2013 when Australia travel to England in the hope of preventing England winning three Ashes series in a row.

Chris Murtagh 22/11/2011

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