Former SA coach Arthur hits back at Gibbs

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 23:27 PM IST

Melbourne: Strongly reacting to Herschelle Gibbs` claims that he had no influence in the team, former South African coach Mickey Arthur has described the out-of-favour opener as "somewhat of a loner".

"Hersch was a little bit of a loner, he sort of hung by himself, he never really mixed too freely with the rest of the group,” said Arthur.

"He certainly didn`t mix with Graeme at all and I guess there was a little barrier between the two there," Arthur was quoted as saying by `AAP`.

The flamboyant opener, in his autobiography `To the Point`, criticised the power set-up under Arthur.

Gibbs said that current captain Graeme Smith was afforded too much power during Arthur`s reign from 2005-2010.

Arthur, however, hit back at Gibbs, saying the 36-year-old would have had little idea what was going on around him.

"For the last three years of my time, Herschelle was in and out of the side, he wasn`t there for most of the time," said Arthur, who is now coach of Western Australia.

"... I hope he hasn`t burnt too many bridges.”

"He wouldn`t know the conversations that Graeme and I had in private, he had no idea on the handle of relationships between the management and the players because he wasn`t privy to any of that.”

"Hersch was trying to salvage a career towards the back end so he was trying anything."

PTI