Ex-Proteas coach to lead Western Australia

2010-04-01 12:04

Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur was named today as Western

Australia’s cricket coach for the next three seasons.


Arthur replaces Tom Moody, who did not renew his contract after

three years in charge.


Western Australia has not won a Sheffield Shield domestic

first-class title since 1998-99, while its last one-day title came in

2003-04.


Arthur resigned as South Africa coach on January 26, saying he and

the national cricket body had different visions for the future of the team.


Cricket South Africa said Corrie van Zyl will be interim coach

until April 2011.


Arthur took over as head coach of South Africa in 2005 when the

Proteas were ranked third among test-playing nations and sixth in the one-day

format.


Four years later, South Africa was ranked No.1 in both formats,

with 2008 netting South Africa test series wins in India, England and

Australia.


“I stated when I announced my resignation from the South African

post that I would only return to coaching if the ideal challenge presented

itself and I have found that challenge with the ... Warriors,” Arthur said

today.


“Western Australia is a fiercely proud cricketing state and I am

determined to do all that I can to help the Warriors return to the top of

Australian cricket.”


Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) chief executive

Graeme Wood said there were 19 applicants for the job, but said Arthur’s record

with South Africa made him the standout.


“He’s at the cutting edge of cricket technology,” Wood said. “He

comes over very personable and he’s a disciplinarian, and that’s very important

for our current squad.”

 

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