Arthur firming up as favourite to coach Australia

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 17:01 PM IST

Melbourne: Mickey Arthur’s probability as the Australian coach-in-waiting has increased with Cricket Australia wanting the South African to join its elite coaching set-up.

CA backed Arthur in landing the head coaching role with Western Australia this season and he can get an appointment to support and eventually succeed Australian boss Tim Nielsen.

“Michael Brown has talked to the West Australian Cricket Association about whether they would be comfortable with Mickey working at the Centre of Excellence. That discussion will happen post season,” CA public affairs manager Peter Young said.

“Mickey Arthur is highly credentialled and well regarded and if the WACA was comfortable and he was available then CA is keen to pursue that,” a sports website quoted him, as saying.

Arthur this month told The Daily Telegraph that Australia could rebuild within 18 months and is now set to steer a youth-based recovery.

Arthur took South Africa to the No. 1 ranking in a five-year stint between 2005 and 2010, including a Test series win on Australian soil in 2008.