Sydney: Former Test captain Ricky Ponting says Cricket Australia made a mistake in hiring Mickey Arthur as coach in 2011, claiming he didn't have the personality or style needed for the team. The South African, the first foreign-born coach of the Australian side, was sacked just 16 days before the start of the Ashes in England last year following a shambolic series loss to India. He was replaced by Darren Lehmann.
Lehmann, a former colleague of Ponting's, turned Australia's dressing room and demeanour around and went on to lead the Test team to a 5-0 whitewash of England in the Ashes series on home soil. "Mickey might be one of the great cricket coaches in the world, but he wasn't the guy, the personality, the coach that Australian cricket needed at that time," Ponting, who played under Arthur, said in a television interview to be aired on Saturday.
"We needed to bring the old, hard-nosed Aussie way back, and that certainly wasn't the way Mickey was trying to coach our team."