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Sutherland: We got our man

UPDATED 24 May, 2013 9:40AM AEDT | by Angus Morgan, Sportal

Cricket Australia is convinced it got the best man for the job when it appointed former South African coach and current coach of the Warriors, Mickey Arthur, to the new beefed-up role as Australia's head cricket coach.

Cricket Australia is convinced it got the best man for the job when it appointed former South African coach and current coach of the Warriors, Mickey Arthur, to the new beefed-up role as Australia's head cricket coach.

Arthur's appointment was announced at Cricket Australia headquarters in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon.

The 43-year-old took the Proteas to the top of the international rankings in all three forms of the game during his five years at the helm from 2005 following a 15-year first-class career as a batsman in the Currie Cup.

He won the role from a field of 70 applicants world-wide which was whittled down to a shortlist of 10, six of whom were interviewed.

CA's new team performance manager, Pat Howard and chief executive James Sutherland both said they were impressed with Arthur's vision for a quick transition for 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."

Howard said Arthur's status as cleanskin was a factor in his appointment, though the man himself doesn't believe that being an outsider will have any bearing on his relationship with his players.

"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."

Asked whether CA expects a backlash for not appointing an Australian to the role, Sutherland said: "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."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 22 November, 2011 3:48PM AEST

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