Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur

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Mickey Arthur

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John Michael "Mickey" Arthur (born May 17, 1968 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa) is a South African cricketer who played South African domestic cricket from 1986 to 2001. He coached the South African national team from 2005 to 2010. He is the current coach of the Western Warriors.

Playing career

Arthur scored 6557 runs playing for Orange Free State, Griqualand West and South Africa A before retiring 2001. He started his coaching career by coaching Griquas in the domestic competition before taking over the Eastern Cape side in 2003. In his last two series in charge Arthur managed to guide them to the finals of the Standard Bank Pro20 series. He was a surprising choice to take over as the national coach in May 2005, succeeding Ray Jennings.

Coaching career

He had a tough introduction into international cricket with his first two Test series as coach happened to be against a rampant Australia, both away and at home, during which South Africa were easily beaten. An injury-hit South Africa failed to make the finals of the 2005-06 VB Series, but they did clinch a tense one-day series win over Australia at home, which culminated in that iconic match at Johannesburg. A home win over New Zealand was followed up by a disastrous tour of Sri Lanka in the summer of 2006, where South Africa lost both Tests and pulled out of a tri-series after a bomb exploded in Colombo, and failure to make the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. Successes include back-to-back Test...
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