Mickey Arthur

John Michael "Mickey" Arthur (born 17 May 1968) is a South African-Australian cricket coach and former cricketer who played in South African domestic cricket from 1986 to 2001. He is the current coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team.[1] He coached the South African national team from 2005 to 2010, and was the coach of the Australia national cricket team until his sacking on 23 June 2013.[2] He is also the coach of the Karachi Kings, a Twenty20 team in the Pakistan Super League.

Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur
Personal information
Full namemickey arthur
Born17 May 1968 (age 50)
Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
RoleBatsman, Coach
Domestic team information
1986–2001Griqualand West
1990–95Orange Free State
1993–95South Africa A
Career statistics
Competition F/C List A
Matches 110 150
Runs scored 6657 3774
Batting average 33.45 26.76
100s/50s 13/34 2/19
Top score 165 126*
Balls bowled 6 355
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 0/0 0/2
Catches/stumpings 74/– 41/–
Source: CricketArchive, 19 July 2011


Arthur was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. He is an old boy of Westville Boys' High School.

Playing career

Arthur scored 6557 runs playing for Orange Free State, Griqualand West and South Africa A before retiring in 2001.

Coaching career

South Africa

Arthur began his coaching career by coaching Griqualand West cricket team in the domestic competition before taking over the Eastern Cape side in 2003. In his last two series in charge Arthur managed to guide them to the finals of the Standard Bank Pro20 Series. He was a surprising choice to take over as the national coach in May 2005, succeeding Ray Jennings.

He had a tough introduction into international cricket with his first two Test series as coach happening to be against a rampant Australia, both away and at home, during which South Africa were easily beaten. An injury-hit South Africa failed to make the finals of the 2005–06 VB Series, but they did clinch a tense one-day series win over Australia at home, which culminated in an iconic match at Johannesburg.

A home win over New Zealand was followed up by a disastrous tour of Sri Lanka in the summer of 2006, where South Africa lost both Tests and pulled out of a tri-series after a bomb exploded in Colombo, and failure to make the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. Successes include back-to-back Test and one-day series victories against India and Pakistan at home propelled South Africa to the top of the ODI rankings. This was a major boost prior to the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

South Africa were, however, disappointing at the world cup. They had a roller coaster ride that included dominant wins over England, the West Indies, Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland and a narrow win over Sri Lanka but devastating losses to Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh that cost them the number one ranking. Then they bowed out in the semifinals with their lowest ever score in a World Cup as Australia bowled them out for 149 and won by 7 wickets.

The preceding two years had been the best in South Africa's test history. Starting with the two home series wins at home against Pakistan and India, Arthur lead the team through a series of 9 unbeaten test series and a number of good one-day results. This streak included wins against India, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand and Bangladesh at home and away wins against England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and a credible draw in India.

In 2008, Arthur became the first South African coach to guide his team to a test win in Australia. The team backed up this performance by winning the resulting One-Day International series against the odds. This unexpected 4–1 win meant that they regained the No.1 ranking in the One-Day International rankings.

During the 2005/06 tour to Australia, he questioned the umpiring standards, claiming that the officials were biased due to overappealing by the Australian cricket team. He was cleared of the charges.[3]

In January 2010 he resigned because of alleged differences between himself and Cricket South Africa.[4] The reports say Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Gerald Majola will oversee the interim selection process with former South African fast bowler Corrie van Zyl and former South African captain Kepler Wessels for the two-Test and three-ODI tour of India.[5][6]

In Australia

Arthur was the coach of the Western Warriors [7] and later coached the Australian cricket team, until Champions Trophy-2013 in England. Australia crashed out of Champions Trophy 2013 in the group stages. As a pre-emptive measure ahead of the upcoming Ashes series in England, Mickey Arthur was sacked and replaced by Darren Lehmann.[8]

In August 2013, Arthur was appointed as the head coach and director of cricket at Christ Church Grammar School, an Anglican all-boys' school in Perth, Western Australia.[9]

Karachi Kings

He was appointed as the head coach of Karachi Kings in the debut season of Pakistan Super League which was held from 4 February 2016 to 23 February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates. They came fourth in a five-team group table due to which they had to play third-placed Islamabad United in the elimination round, where they lost by 9 wickets and were knocked-out of the tournament.

Dhaka Dynamites

He was appointed as the head coach of Dhaka Dynamites for 2015 BPL season.


He was appointed as head coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team on 6 May 2016, thus becoming a head coach of an international team for the third time. He has had his fair share of success with Pakistan, as under his guidance Pakistan became the number 1 ranked test side as well as number one ranked T20 side. He also took Pakistan to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title on 18 June, with a stunning 180 run victory against arch-rivals India in the finals. This was the first time Pakistan Cricket Team managed to win ICC Champions Trophy [10] since the inception of the tournament in 1998. On July 8, 2018,Pakistan won a triangular series among Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan. Pakistan defeated Australia in the final with 6 wickets. Pakistan maintained their no. 1 ranking in T20.


  1. ^ PCB announces Mickey Arthur as Head Coach Pakistan National Cricket Team
  2. ^ Arthur named new Aussie cricket coach By Joel Zander – Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  3. ^ "2006: Penalties imposed on players for breaches of ICC Code of Conduct". International Cricket Council. Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2007.
  4. ^ "Differences forced Mickey Arthur to quit South Africa, BBC Sport". BBC. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  5. ^ "South Arthur quits as South Africa coach – reports". cricinfo.com. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Mickey Arthur resigns as South Africa coach". BBC Sport. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Arthur to play hard ball". Cricket Australia. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Mickey Arthur sacked as Australia's coach". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Christ Church Grammar School Newsletter 22 August 2013". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  10. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/1098392/pcb-appoint-south-africas-mickey-arthur-as-head-coach/, Express Tribune 6 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-06.

External links

Corrie van Zyl

Cornelius Johannes Petrus Gerthardus van Zyl (born 1 October 1961 in Bloemfontein, Free State) is a former South African cricketer who played two One Day Internationals in 1992. He is currently (2013) employed by Cricket South Africa as a cricket development officer.

Van Zyl previously coached the Gestetner Diamond Eagles and later he was appointed coach of the South Africa National cricket team following the resignation of Mickey Arthur.

Darren Lehmann

Darren Scott Lehmann (born 5 February 1970) is a former Australian cricketer and the former coach of the Australian national team. Lehmann made his ODI debut in 1996 and Test debut in 1998. He was on the fringes of national selection for the entirety of the 1990s, and only became a regular in the ODI team in 2001 and Test team in late 2002, before being dropped in early 2005. Primarily an aggressive left-handed batsman, Lehmann was also a part-time left arm orthodox bowler, and gained renown for his disregard for physical fitness and modern dietary regimes. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in November 2007.He coached the IPL teams Deccan Chargers from 2009 to 2012 and Kings XI Punjab in 2013. He also coached Queensland during the 2010/11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, in place of Trevor Barsby who had resigned. In June 2013, Lehmann replaced Mickey Arthur as the coach of the Australian cricket team, only two weeks before the 2013 Ashes series. Although Australia lost that series 3-nil, Lehmann went on to coach the side to a 5-nil victory in the 2013–14 series less than five months later.

Lehmann stepped down as head coach after the fourth test match against South Africa in March 2018, following the ball tampering scandal which he perpetuated that occurred during the match. He was originally thought to have been involved in the scandal, however Cricket Australia cleared him of blame at the conclusion of their investigation.

Dhaka Dynamites

The Dhaka Dynamites (Bengali: ঢাকা ডায়নামাইটস) is a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), representing the country's Dhaka Division. Following the 2015 competition, the Dynamites are one of the BPL's seven existing members and are expected to participate in the league's 2017 edition. The team is headquartered at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, and so is one of three teams playing in the city, alongside the Dhaka Division cricket team and Dhaka Metropolis cricket team which are active in first-class cricket.

The team was originally established in 2012 for the inaugural BPL season as the Dhaka Gladiators and they won both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament. The Gladiators were one of the teams dissolved in 2013 after the second edition. The franchise was sold to the current owners BEXIMCO Group and rebranded as Dhaka Dynamites

For the 2015 edition of the BPL, the Dynamites were coached by former South African cricketer Mickey Arthur, and captained by Kumar Sangakkara. Bangladeshi player Nasir Hossain was selected as the "icon" player of the team.The team is currently captained by Shakib Al Hasan and current coach is Khaled Mahmud.

Justin Engelke

Justin Marc Engelke (born 3 April 1976) is a former South African cricketer. Engelke was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium-fast. He was born in Cape Town, Cape Province and educated at Park Town Boys School and Rand Afrikaans University.

Engelke made his first-class debut for Transvaal B against Eastern Province B in the 1996/97 UCB Bowl. He made three further first-class appearances for the team in that season, taking 7 wickets at an average of 35.85, with best figures of 2/30. His List debut came for Gauteng (formerly Transvaal) against Easterns in the 1997/98 Standard Bank League. He made sixteen further List A appearances for Gauteng, the last of which came against KwaZulu-Natal in the 1999/00 Standard Bank League. He took 19 wickets in his seventeen List A appearances for the province, which came at an average of 26.73, with best figures of 4/12. He also made a single first-class appearance for Gauteng against Griqualand West in the 1998/99 SuperSport Series. He took the wickets of Mickey Arthur and Pieter Barnard in this match, for the cost of 69 runs from 24 overs. In 2000, he played a single List A match in England for Hertfordshire in the 2000 NatWest Trophy against Cambridgeshire, taking the wickets of Simon Kellett, Nigel Gadsby and Ajaz Akhtar. His spell of 10 overs cost only 8 runs, with 8 of his 10 overs being maidens. Despite this, Hertfordshire lost the match by four wickets. Engelke didn't feature in any Minor counties fixtures for the county.

Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings (Urdu: کراچی کنگز‬‎; Sindhi: ڪراچي ڪنگز‎) KK is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Pakistan Super League. The team is based in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, Pakistan. The team was formed in 2015, as a result of the formation of the Pakistan Super League by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team's home ground is National Stadium. The team is currently captained by Imad Wasim, and coached by Mickey Arthur, a former South African cricketer.

In April 2017, Wasim Akram became the president of the team.The leading run-scorer for the side is Babar Azam, while Mohammad Amir is leading wicket-taker.

Lachlan Stevens

Lachlan McRae Stevens (born 31 December 1978) is a former player for the Queensland cricket team and former coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers in Australian domestic cricket.

Michael Arthur

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Michael Anthony Arthur (born 1950), British diplomat

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Michael Di Venuto

Michael James Di Venuto (born 12 December 1973) is an Australian born first-class cricketer of Italian descent who represented both Australia (in One Day Internationals) and Italy. The bulk of his first-class cricket career was spent playing for Tasmanian Tigers. After retiring from representative cricket in Australia, he continued playing for Durham County Cricket Club till July 2012, when he announced retirement from County Cricket. He has also previously played cricket in England for Derbyshire and Sussex. A left hand opening batsman, his form for Tasmania throughout the mid-1990s earned him a call up for the Australian national cricket team in the One Day International arena, although after nine games he was dropped. Like some of his contemporary Tasmanian teammates such as Jamie Cox, Dene Hills, and Shaun Young, Di Venuto can be considered unlucky to have not had a more successful international career, as he was playing at a time when the Australian national cricket team was highly dominant, and difficult to earn selection for. After retiring from Durham, he was appointed Australia's full-time batting coach by head coach Mickey Arthur, and is now head coach of Surrey.

Neil Manthorp

Neil Manthorp is a British-born South African writer. Based in Cape Town, he is best known internationally for his coverage of cricket. He writes for the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

Pakistan A cricket team

The Pakistan A cricket team is a national cricket team of Pakistan . Matches played by Pakistan A are not considered to be Test matches or One Day Internationals, instead receiving first-class and List A classification respectively. Pakistan A played their first match in August 1964, a three-day first-class contest against Ceylon Board President's XI.

Pakistan A have played a number of series, both home and away, against other national A teams, and competed against other first-class opposition. Their first tour was that of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1964–65. Pakistan A did not play another match until the 1991 season, when they again toured Sri Lanka, a series against England A the previous season having been cancelled due to the Gulf War.

Perth Scorchers

The Perth Scorchers is an Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket team representing Perth in the Big Bash League (BBL).The Scorchers are the most successful team in BBL history, winning three championships and coming runners up twice. They were defeated in their second final by the Brisbane Heat in BBL02. They then won the next two consecutive championships, becoming the first team to achieve the feat in the league's history. These wins came against the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers in a last-ball thriller at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

Mickey Arthur was originally appointed coach, but quit before the beginning of the 2011–12 season after he was appointed coach of the Australian cricket team. He was replaced by his former assistant, Lachlan Stevens. Justin Langer replaced Stevens in November 2012.

The Scorchers also have a side in the Women's Big Bash League captained by Elyse Villani and coached by Lisa Keightley.

Ray Jennings

Raymond Vernon Jennings (born 9 August 1954 in Vanderbijlpark) is a former South African cricketer. He was one of South Africa's leading wicket-keepers during the suspension of the South African national team from international cricket during the apartheid era.In October 2004 Jennings was appointed coach of South Africa on a short-term contract, he had previously coached South Africa A. Under Jennings, South Africa played four Test series, losing to India and England before beating Zimbabwe and the West Indies. At the end of the West Indies tour he was replaced by Mickey Arthur.He coached the Under-19 team in the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia before taking over as coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second season of the IPL.

Shane Watson

Shane Robert Watson (born 17 June 1981) is a former Australian international cricketer and a former captain, who played all formats of the game. He played as a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler. He debuted in 2002 in a One Day International and retired in 2016 as world No. 1 T20I all-rounder. He was the last player to retire from Australia's golden era of the early 2000s.Watson holds several records in T20Is, ODIs and T20s. According to Forbes, Watson was the highest-paid non-Indian cricketer in the world for five consecutive years, 2011 to 2015.

South Africa national cricket team

The South African national cricket team, nicknamed the Proteas (after South Africa's national flower, Protea cynaroides, commonly known as the "king protea"), is administered by Cricket South Africa. South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) status.

South Africa entered first-class and international cricket at the same time when they hosted an England cricket team in the 1888–89 season. At first, the team was no match for Australia or England but, having gained in experience and expertise, they were able to field a competitive team in the first decade of the 20th century. The team regularly played against Australia, England and New Zealand through to the 1960s, by which time there was considerable opposition to the country's apartheid policy and an international ban was imposed by the ICC, commensurate with actions taken by other global sporting bodies. When the ban was imposed, South Africa had developed to a point where its team including Eddie Barlow, Graeme Pollock and Mike Procter was arguably the best in the world and had just outplayed Australia.

The ban remained in place until 1991 and South Africa could then play against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies for the first time. The team since reinstatement has mostly been strong and has at times held number one positions in international rankings but has lacked success in organised tournaments. Outstanding players since reinstatement have included Allan Donald, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Kagiso Rabada, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla.


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Steve Rixon

Stephen John Rixon (born 25 February 1954, in Albury, New South Wales) played in 13 Tests and 6 One Day Internationals between 1977 and 1985. He was the Pakistan cricket fielding coach from June 2016 to June 2018.

Rixon first came to public attention as a sixteen-year-old during the 1970/71 Marylebone Cricket Club tour of Australia, when England's wicket-keeper Alan Knott applauded Rixon's efforts for a Southern New South Wales team against the MCC. Rixon subsequently moved to Sydney to play initially for Waverley before transferring to Western Suburbs. He came into the Australian side as wicket-keeper in 1977–78 after Rodney Marsh joined World Series Cricket, losing his place on Marsh's return. In 1984–85 he came back in when Marsh retired and Wayne Phillips was injured.

In 1985–86 Rixon joined the rebel tour of South Africa, but on his return was unable to rejoin the national team.

Since retiring from playing, he has been the coach of the New Zealand cricket team, New South Wales, Surrey, Hyderabad Heroes of the Indian Cricket League and currently, The Scots College, Sydney. He is currently coaching the Chennai Super Kings, the IPL Champions of 2010 season as a Fielding coach for the team's youngsters for IPL 2011 season .

It was also reported that Rixon was interested in taking over the head coaching job of the Australian cricket team when John Buchanan left at the end of the 2006/07 Ashes series. He was not appointed and instead Tim Nielsen took over.

On 28 June 2011 he was appointed Fielding Coach of the Australian Cricket Team replacing Mike Young.

On 15 June 2016 he was appointed the Fielding Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team under the recommendation of the new head coach, Mickey Arthur.

Vincent Barnes

Vincent Alexander Barnes (born 15 February 1960 in Cape Town) is a former South African first-class cricketer who played for Western Province and Transvaal.

Barnes, a coloured fast bowler with a slingy action, played most of his cricket during the apartheid years which meant he was confined to the Howa Bowl. The Western Province paceman was the competition's most successful bowler and topped the wicket-taking lists with 41 wickets at 7.75 in 1982/83 and 42 wickets at 10.14 in 1986/87. Barnes also spent a season at Transvaal in 1985/86 and was one of three bowlers to finish with a competition high 36 scalps. He took his career best figures of 9 for 46 in the second innings of a match against Natal in 1983/84.Following his retirement from cricket, Barnes became a coach and was in charge of South Africa's Under-19s from 1997 to 1999. He was then appointed as the coach of South Africa A before joining the national team as an assistant coach to Mickey Arthur.

West Indian cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2016–17

The West Indian cricket team toured the United Arab Emirates from September to November 2016 to play three Twenty20 International (T20Is), three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Test matches against Pakistan. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) agreed in principle for one of the Test matches to be played as a day/night match.Originally, the schedule was going to be two Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is. In May 2016, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) began looking at the possibility for the series to be held in Sri Lanka. However, the idea was dismissed as it would be monsoon season in Sri Lanka. The fixtures, including the day/night Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, were confirmed by the PCB in August 2016.The first Test in Dubai was Pakistan's 400th Test match and the second day/night Test. Prior to the start of the day/night Test, both captains voiced their support for the format. Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq said "At the moment, it looks like (the future) keeping in mind the interest of the audience, who want to watch Test cricket". The West Indies captain Jason Holder said that he liked the concept and that "we have to give a chance to something new". However, at the start of the first day of the Test, only 68 fans were inside the stadium, with the figure growing to approximately 600 by close of play. Pakistan's coach Mickey Arthur said after the conclusion of the day/night Test that "there's some work to do with the pink ball. I don't think it's up to the standard required yet and I think that's the only thing holding day/night cricket back".Pakistan won both the ODI and T20I series 3–0. The Test series was also won by Pakistan, by the margin of 2–1. The West Indies won the final Test match of the series, which was their first Test win with Jason Holder as captain. After the victory, Holder said "we showed character and fight. Credit must go to Kraigg Brathwaite. He played an outstanding innings in the first innings and took responsibility of the chase in the second innings".

Zimbabwean cricket team in South Africa in 2006–07

The Zimbabwean cricket team toured South Africa for three One-day Internationals and one Twenty20 match against Eagles from 13 to 20 September 2006.

South Africa won the series 3–0.

Zimbabwe were described by Independent Online as a side of "no more than club standard", and the tour was described by South African coach Mickey Arthur as "part of the training camp" for the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy.

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