Winning in sub-continent must for becoming No.1: Arthur

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 11:19 AM IST

Melbourne: Australia`s first foreign cricket coach Mickey Arthur says consistent selections and triumphs in the subcontinent are the key to rebuilding a team which has gone from being an intimidating world champion to a struggling outfit.

"The key to ultimate success is strong leadership, clear role definition and consistent selection," Arthur, who was appointed to the job yesterday, said.

Arthur`s first assignment would be next month`s Test series against New Zealand.

"You take the little steps one at a time and hopefully we will then have a team capable to going to England and winning the Ashes there (in 2013)," he said.

"I`d like us to focus on the small little goals first," he added.

Talking about the bigger goals, Arthur, who was former coach of South Africa, said winning in the sub-continent is top priority.

"If you want to be number one you`ve got to win on the subcontinent," he said.

"Four teams play out of the subcontinent, you`ve got to have the ability to mix your style up at any given time," he added.

Arthur refused to be drawn into a discussion on veteran batsman Ricky Ponting`s future in the team.

"It`s hard coming in from the outside not knowing what`s going on in the team - that`ll be a discussion and something for (chairman of selectors) John Inverarity to take up," he added.

The 43-year-old also advocated a more consistent approach in picking spinners, 11 of whom have been tried since the legendary Shane Warne retired.

"Select one and back him in to do a job, give him clear role clarity," Arthur said.

PTI