Arthur is looking to teach his old team a lesson
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has announced that he is looking forward to leading his side to victory over South Africa, the team he coached from 2005-2010, in the upcoming Test series in November.
If Australia were to defeat South Africa, then they would become the new number one Test team, a ranking they have not achieved since beating England back in August 2009.
Having been coach of Australia for nearly a year now, Arthur is relishing the opportunity to beat his old team and strip them of their number one Test team title.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur as saying: “It’s going to be a massive series for me emotionally and for the team. A, it takes us to No.1 in the world if we win it and, B, I really would love to get one over South Africa, it’s always that way when you’ve coached a side and you’ve watched them progress; I guess you always like to come back and beat that team. It won’t affect any preparation, it’s just that personally it’s a big series.”
Arthur stepped down as coach of South Africa in 2010 and stated that administration problems and the constant inference with the national team selection were the key reasons for his decision.
“I think I can bring input at a different level to what you normally get. Everybody knows how everybody plays … but I know each and every one of those players on a personal level, I know how strong mentally they are so I think those types of insights that teams have never had before I can certainly give about the South African side,” Arthur added.