South Africa news January 26, 2010

Arthur quits as South Africa coach

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Mickey Arthur has resigned as South Africa coach following a breakdown in his relationship with captain Graeme Smith. Former South African fast bowler Corrie van Zyl has been appointed caretaker coach and will be in charge of the team for the two-Test and three-ODI tour of India next month.

"The timing is very unfortunate with an exciting two-Test tour of India coming up but the international cricket calendar these days means that there is never a good time," Arthur told Reuters. "But all good things must come to an end and now is the time for someone else to take over."

Officials in Cricket South Africa were unavailable for comment but a board release said Arthur and its CEO, Gerald Majola, would address the press on Wednesday morning. "We're not commenting on the issue until tomorrow," Michael Owen-Smith, a spokesman for CSA, said. "We're not saying anything until Mickey Arthur has had his say."

A report in the Witness said the relationship between Arthur and Smith had "deteriorated irreparably", and reached a flashpoint during the recent home series against England. It also said Vincent Barnes, South Africa's bowling coach, has been sacked.

Kepler Wessels, a former South Africa captain, was not surprised by the development. "There has been some speculation in the last couple of weeks, so it is not a total surprise," he told iafrica.com. "I still think it is sad, he did a good job for South Africa."

Arthur reportedly had talks with Majola in Johannesburg following the completion of the home series against England. Majola had said the meeting was not in response to the 1-1 series result and that it had been planned in December.

"The Proteas are our greatest asset and the meeting will discuss ways in which they can get even better," Majola had said. "This is our last opportunity to meet with the management of the team - including coach Mickey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith - before they go to India and then on to the West Indies for the World Twenty20 and the tour of the islands. The next time we can have a meeting like this is in June.

"Our financial year ends in April and we need to know what the Proteas need to improve. Maybe they need a specialist coach of some kind, or more medical staff - but we have to include that in our budget for the next financial year."

During Arthur's tenure, which began when he succeeded Ray Jennings in 2005, South Africa won their first series in England in over 40 years and achieved their maiden series victory in Australia in 2008-09. "I am very proud of what the Proteas have achieved while I was coach, especially being ranked number one in both forms of the game in the last 12 months and winning series in England and Australia," he said.

Arthur's resignation came four days before South Africa leave for India. Van Zyl, his temporary replacement, was South Africa's assistant coach in the past and was appointed coach of CSA's high-performance centre in Pretoria in 2009.

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  • ihaq1 on January 29, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    well ashwell seemed to start out very well until he got injured before teh australian tour...his grit was good only in the middle order and as an opener he played with edgs of his bat...u cant always play two spinners and for spinners to want to play u should use the south african model of playing different spinners in different formats..usually a good fast bowler can play well in any format like teh aussies but that is not true for other countries...as for trott and pieterson it is beneficial to have your former nationals playing in other sides...they seemed to help out the south africans several times...u get soft when u are playing aginst your own former country methinks...corry it seems will emphasize on players having problems but he seems a bit harsher than the smiling micky arthur...

  • HOWZNOW on January 29, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    It is great to see the emphasis Corrie van Zyl places on Ashwell Prince. He is a huge asset to South Africa. Very unfairly left out after injury and being forced to come in as opening batsman. A is a classy test player with grit and tenacity and has a good team attitude. Australia do not distinguish between Test and ODI bowlers. Johan Botha too valuable to be labelled ODI spinner. Very good to see he has been included in the Test squad for India. The new selector committee, must be careful that South Africa do not lose more very gifted players of the calibre of Strauss, trott and Pietersen. I thought the ongoing booing of Pietersen by a section of SA spectators, was boorish and distasteful. He is gifted and took his gift elsewhere

  • ihaq1 on January 29, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    removing selectors is not madness..mike procter and craig mathews are known amongst the selectors...i think afew doubts exist about their selections for various positions especially mclaren as a middle order all rounder, prince as opener and parnel as a left arm choice..it was thought that procter, micky and graeme coordinated on selections although procter usually got his say...they have not solved the opening problem for the india tour unless they want to try alviro or amla...they solved the spinners issue by selecting both...having a new group of selectors would not make too much of a differenec when u have a settled system of junior and senior players.there is a good opener in the emrging players as well as agood fast bowler..in india the pitches should be slow and u will need stock bowlers and probably the batsmen should have it easier as the sri lankans did thrash the indians about a bit..although the indians have a lineup of good batsmen.mithun and ishant are teh indian fastmen

  • ihaq1 on January 28, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    well there is a time to appoint and a time to retire and remove...great comments kamikaze..kallis and ntini are both great players...as abatsman kallis has no equal..i dont think transformation alone was the problem..there seemed some problem either on a brown-white basis or a coach-captain basis or might be even a coach selectors...the team definitely underperformed..the coach has had a great run and he should be allowed to see if he can make his fortunes in the international arena...gary kirsten is probably the best coach at the moment..micky could try for an england job or even pakistan which really does not trust coaches too much...a change in mangement of the board, selectors and coach could signal a new era...but u just donot chuck underperformers out of the team..coach , management and selectors are changeable and many suggest they should have a term and than see their performance...analyze and see if their usefulness is truly over.. a team is usually carried by a few players

  • Kamikaze2000 on January 28, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    In conjunction with the sacking of selectors this is utter madness. CSA need to come out and declare transparently how they are judging their coaches and selectors. I would be very suprised to find out that media rumours of a captain-coach split were true. Far more likely the coach and the selectors failed to meet transformation quota's.

    So, we'll spend the next 5 years trying to get where we are now...except we won't have the benefit or a great player of colour like Ntini or the player of the decade Kallis (sorry Ricky..you are the captain of the decade for sure). This is a big backwards step and is going to de-stablise the team.

    If anyone thinks the coach and selectors are judged on results they are seriously deluded. 7 men ended up carrying 4 other either new or under-performing members during this last series...but at least we had a solid core of players and coach...

    What chance in India..not much mate.

  • ihaq1 on January 28, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    i think vaughans comments were quite appropriate..that graeme smith makes the decisions with boucher, kallis, devillers as his close confidants...the indian coach was mentioned but i think with a long serving captain a coach can at best be a side kick who tries to iron out the kinks in the bowlers and battsmen...a coach usually has to see to it that everyone exercises the routines which keeps the fielders on their toes...south africans have been brilliant fielders and that is due to coaching and obviously personal effort...

  • ihaq1 on January 28, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    as opener i meant abie devillers instead of albie morkel...than there was boje as well and obviously in spinners they have three or four to choose from...harris has a past record of performance in tests and botha did well in australia in one dayers apart from van der merve...obviously bosman could be a great opener seeing how he played in the 20-20's...so the choices are there for south africa to make and the selectors should see domestic performance, fitness tiredness in selection...australia has opted for the system of leaving out the best players for two or three matches to get then fully rested and energetic..even in left armers they could choose tsotsobe who has shown a wicket taking ability

  • ihaq1 on January 27, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    rigidity in selection is the opposite of keeping a consistent team...prince himself was a bit wary of opening...there must be some good opening batsman in south africa if bosman is thought tobe non test material...there is albie morkel as well as amla and of course gibbs...who should have been tried after prince started to fail...we do have a cafe latte at the moment but there are black and brown players of worth in south africa and of course selection should reflect teh countries ethnic mix...countries thrive on seeing their provincial or their community players...south africas old team has disappeared and a new one has not been properly put in place...that is what coaching is about that the problems of the players are analyzed and rectified apart from physical aptitude training...south africa must look for new capable batsmen all the time...their bowling strengths have usually been adequate...well if harris is bowling full tosses than the captain should go upto him

  • HOWZNOW on January 27, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    QUOTE " What I did glean was that pressure he was under given that his side were 1-0 at that time. He joked about losing his job. He also talked candidly about the politics involved in South African cricket at the board level and the sensitivities of the decision to leave out Makhaya Ntini for the third Test. "

    Lets face it the powers that be say the make up of the team brew must be black coffee only, in the short term. Too much milk is cafe' latte. Whether this mix allows us to be competitive Internationally , is best evaluated in looking at the International prospects of Bafana bafana

  • HOWZNOW on January 27, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Posted by mmoosa on (January 26 2010, 14:08 PM GMT On this reasoning, we should rigidly persevere with Prince as a opening batsman. Also see Harris continue bowling full tosses and not turning the ball to batsmen of International class. Botha is not unproven ....you got one thing right Utter rubbsih !

  • ihaq1 on January 29, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    well ashwell seemed to start out very well until he got injured before teh australian tour...his grit was good only in the middle order and as an opener he played with edgs of his bat...u cant always play two spinners and for spinners to want to play u should use the south african model of playing different spinners in different formats..usually a good fast bowler can play well in any format like teh aussies but that is not true for other countries...as for trott and pieterson it is beneficial to have your former nationals playing in other sides...they seemed to help out the south africans several times...u get soft when u are playing aginst your own former country methinks...corry it seems will emphasize on players having problems but he seems a bit harsher than the smiling micky arthur...

  • HOWZNOW on January 29, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    It is great to see the emphasis Corrie van Zyl places on Ashwell Prince. He is a huge asset to South Africa. Very unfairly left out after injury and being forced to come in as opening batsman. A is a classy test player with grit and tenacity and has a good team attitude. Australia do not distinguish between Test and ODI bowlers. Johan Botha too valuable to be labelled ODI spinner. Very good to see he has been included in the Test squad for India. The new selector committee, must be careful that South Africa do not lose more very gifted players of the calibre of Strauss, trott and Pietersen. I thought the ongoing booing of Pietersen by a section of SA spectators, was boorish and distasteful. He is gifted and took his gift elsewhere

  • ihaq1 on January 29, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    removing selectors is not madness..mike procter and craig mathews are known amongst the selectors...i think afew doubts exist about their selections for various positions especially mclaren as a middle order all rounder, prince as opener and parnel as a left arm choice..it was thought that procter, micky and graeme coordinated on selections although procter usually got his say...they have not solved the opening problem for the india tour unless they want to try alviro or amla...they solved the spinners issue by selecting both...having a new group of selectors would not make too much of a differenec when u have a settled system of junior and senior players.there is a good opener in the emrging players as well as agood fast bowler..in india the pitches should be slow and u will need stock bowlers and probably the batsmen should have it easier as the sri lankans did thrash the indians about a bit..although the indians have a lineup of good batsmen.mithun and ishant are teh indian fastmen

  • ihaq1 on January 28, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    well there is a time to appoint and a time to retire and remove...great comments kamikaze..kallis and ntini are both great players...as abatsman kallis has no equal..i dont think transformation alone was the problem..there seemed some problem either on a brown-white basis or a coach-captain basis or might be even a coach selectors...the team definitely underperformed..the coach has had a great run and he should be allowed to see if he can make his fortunes in the international arena...gary kirsten is probably the best coach at the moment..micky could try for an england job or even pakistan which really does not trust coaches too much...a change in mangement of the board, selectors and coach could signal a new era...but u just donot chuck underperformers out of the team..coach , management and selectors are changeable and many suggest they should have a term and than see their performance...analyze and see if their usefulness is truly over.. a team is usually carried by a few players

  • Kamikaze2000 on January 28, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    In conjunction with the sacking of selectors this is utter madness. CSA need to come out and declare transparently how they are judging their coaches and selectors. I would be very suprised to find out that media rumours of a captain-coach split were true. Far more likely the coach and the selectors failed to meet transformation quota's.

    So, we'll spend the next 5 years trying to get where we are now...except we won't have the benefit or a great player of colour like Ntini or the player of the decade Kallis (sorry Ricky..you are the captain of the decade for sure). This is a big backwards step and is going to de-stablise the team.

    If anyone thinks the coach and selectors are judged on results they are seriously deluded. 7 men ended up carrying 4 other either new or under-performing members during this last series...but at least we had a solid core of players and coach...

    What chance in India..not much mate.

  • ihaq1 on January 28, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    i think vaughans comments were quite appropriate..that graeme smith makes the decisions with boucher, kallis, devillers as his close confidants...the indian coach was mentioned but i think with a long serving captain a coach can at best be a side kick who tries to iron out the kinks in the bowlers and battsmen...a coach usually has to see to it that everyone exercises the routines which keeps the fielders on their toes...south africans have been brilliant fielders and that is due to coaching and obviously personal effort...

  • ihaq1 on January 28, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    as opener i meant abie devillers instead of albie morkel...than there was boje as well and obviously in spinners they have three or four to choose from...harris has a past record of performance in tests and botha did well in australia in one dayers apart from van der merve...obviously bosman could be a great opener seeing how he played in the 20-20's...so the choices are there for south africa to make and the selectors should see domestic performance, fitness tiredness in selection...australia has opted for the system of leaving out the best players for two or three matches to get then fully rested and energetic..even in left armers they could choose tsotsobe who has shown a wicket taking ability

  • ihaq1 on January 27, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    rigidity in selection is the opposite of keeping a consistent team...prince himself was a bit wary of opening...there must be some good opening batsman in south africa if bosman is thought tobe non test material...there is albie morkel as well as amla and of course gibbs...who should have been tried after prince started to fail...we do have a cafe latte at the moment but there are black and brown players of worth in south africa and of course selection should reflect teh countries ethnic mix...countries thrive on seeing their provincial or their community players...south africas old team has disappeared and a new one has not been properly put in place...that is what coaching is about that the problems of the players are analyzed and rectified apart from physical aptitude training...south africa must look for new capable batsmen all the time...their bowling strengths have usually been adequate...well if harris is bowling full tosses than the captain should go upto him

  • HOWZNOW on January 27, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    QUOTE " What I did glean was that pressure he was under given that his side were 1-0 at that time. He joked about losing his job. He also talked candidly about the politics involved in South African cricket at the board level and the sensitivities of the decision to leave out Makhaya Ntini for the third Test. "

    Lets face it the powers that be say the make up of the team brew must be black coffee only, in the short term. Too much milk is cafe' latte. Whether this mix allows us to be competitive Internationally , is best evaluated in looking at the International prospects of Bafana bafana

  • HOWZNOW on January 27, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Posted by mmoosa on (January 26 2010, 14:08 PM GMT On this reasoning, we should rigidly persevere with Prince as a opening batsman. Also see Harris continue bowling full tosses and not turning the ball to batsmen of International class. Botha is not unproven ....you got one thing right Utter rubbsih !

  • ihaq1 on January 27, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    sri lanka are a good batting side at the moment although they lack a permanent fast bowling attack as their main older bowlers have retired...in south africas case despite steyn they could not bowl out the number eleven twice...they bowled terribly in first test leading to ntinis ouster..morne was'nt even considered a first team bowler before this series even though his bowling improved after ntini was dropped...south africa's batting was also indiffernt being saved at least twice by the middle order and than the resurgence of amla in the last test...only i think graeme smith held them up...south africa should devlop a new opening and and middle order option...why was micky unable to notice that mclaren and parnel were'nt upto scratch and fred dewet bowled well and was dropped and than brought back.seems like a tired or indifferent coach/selectors mess

  • Unbiased-views on January 27, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    This is BAD news for SA. I thought Arthur was one of the best coaches in the world. Kepler Wessels is not bad option. He will make good coach & i hope he will continue the work which Arthur has done. @chandau. Don't talk rubbish about SA'n cricket & also don't go overboard on pathetic cricketing side like SL. Right now, Steyn is the best fast bowler in the world & with Morkel, they form the best pair. Did you see their performance in last Test match ?? Could you plz name some young cricketers from SL who have done well in Test matches ? No one comes to my mind.

  • Unbiased-views on January 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    This is BAD news for SA. I thought Arthur was one of the best coaches in the world. Kepler Wessels is not bad option. He will make good coach & i hope he will continue the work which Arthur has done. @chandau. Don't talk rubbish about SA'n cricket & also don't go overboard on pathetic cricketing side like SL. Right now, Steyn is the best fast bowler in the world & with Morkel, they form the best pair. Did you see their performance in last Test match ?? Could you plz name some young cricketers from SL who have done well in Test matches ? No one comes to my mind.

  • menaceSPV on January 27, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    im very happy with the situation not the fact that he left when he did but the fact he left ...i have never been a fan of him. we have the best players and its about time we won something he has not done the job in 5 years so out he goes and hopefully the new guy will bring us what we want and that is to see our team playing the best they can. india will be intersting to say the least but i feel the team is good enough to win without a full time coach for this sieres. but the main plan is to win world cup ....might be over stepping my bounds but we might need an aussie coach :)

  • Smahuta on January 26, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    This came as huge shock to me. No way in hell that the reasons cited for his resignation are true. Somethings fishy here but I think Mickey will bow out quietly and move on to other things. Its a real pity though, one bad year doesnt make a bad team. By the end of the England series, SA were firing on all cylinders adn looking forward to the india series. If anything, some of the players need to get back to domestic cricket and get back in to form, dont get rid of the coach. Whether he resigned or not, we all know he was forced out.

  • ihaq1 on January 26, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    There has been controversy in selections in the last series...problems with bowlers, ntini, parnell and the new guys...apparently however they bowled very well in the last test but in two tests england manged to save themselves...south africa may not have fielded their top batsmen and bowlers...selection is usually up to the selectors while the coach selected the teams...the problems with the opening partnership and middle order have multiplied and duminy did not play too well..while the reserve batsmen were not tried...consistency is one thing and refusing to admit failure is another...obviously coach and captain have tobe in tune...arthur seems to have been a good coach but seems to have failed in giving batting advice to at least several main batting players...pakistan needs a good coach but they have had problems with foreign coaches who despite being successes have not been able to mould pakistans batting...pakistan needs an active coach who is good in improving batting/strategics

  • sean_kelly on January 26, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    While conceivable that there has been a fallout between Smith and Arthur, I suspect it has more to do with the fact that Arthur took the fall for his Captain's decision wrt Ntini.

    Go well, Mickey. You served SA well.

  • Seligs on January 26, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    SA need a change in thinking. Team selection over the last test series has been questionable, ie Ntini, Prince, Harris and Duminy. Perhaps a coach like Duncan Fletcher or Kepler Wessels would be more suitable. Alan Donald should be bowling coach.

  • mmoosa on January 26, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Thankfully cricket fans arent selectors! Drop Harris,Ntini,Boucher,Prince,Duminy were the calls during parts of this series. What utter rubbish(!) and a disservice to England who played vey well at times with aggressive intent and some superb bowling at Prince/Duminy as well as targetting Ntini and Harris. Nothing much the coach could change really-not without back up quality players. Botha,Mclaren,Parnell,Pieterson are very unproven and not matchwinners at first class level. The tough calls were made and senior players dropped when approprite. What a shame to have this Pakistan type crisis in our cricket.

  • CricketMaan on January 26, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    its intresting, every time SAF loose the coach quits but captain stays on..Eric Simmons, Ray Jennings, Micky Arthur..poor coach takes all blame, but captains are like Hollywood heroes, whatever happens always heroes..

  • StaalBurgher on January 26, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Vincent Barnes was also likely to lose his head in this - good one. Can we get Alan Donald now? I actually think Mickey is being kicked because he didn't back Smith to leave Ntini out. What else would they have had an argument about?

  • chandau on January 26, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    IS this about the quota system again? Either the selectors / coach / captain or all are to be blamed for the bridge too far England series. Prince is not an opener, does not have the technique. Duminy is out of form and has several technical deficiencies. Harris wont fit into a club team in Sri Lanka as a spinner. Ntini is out of form. Steyn is hurt and it shows. also both Dewet and Steyn looked the same. Can a South African fan tel me why the following were not looked at? Peterson for Duminy. Gibbs for Prince. Botha for Harris. Yusuf for Dewet. From the little i have seen of SA cricketers talent is there but they seem to lack exposure. Sri Lanka too had a problem with recognizing new names some time back. The moment they changed that mentality a few young guys came up trumps. cheers :)

  • JUUREL on January 26, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Mickey Arthur was one of the best coaches they had.but change is inevitable.The south african players are good enough to win even without a coach.After all it is the players who go out on the field and play the game. Quite shocking development this. Hopefully they will come to India and put in a better performance than they did at how. (not being able to bowl a side out twice was a joke).Hopefully all things happen for the best. Best of luck proteas.

  • shadedwhite on January 26, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Maybe Mickey Arthur can coach Pakistan now. He is a terrific coach and PCB should put in every effort to hire him for a long time.

  • gregsmithsays on January 26, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Cricket South Africa has finally found a 'spin wizard' !? Blaming Smith-Arthur differences is a laugh ! The 'elephant in the corner nobody is talking about' is Makhaya Ntini ! The reluctance of his Arthur forced retirement is a MUCH more probable reason behind him being pushed to quit. I'm wondering if Ntini has phoned in his heavy-weight CSA buddies ? Don't mess with these blokes ... they stick together !

  • HOWZNOW on January 26, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Is this not great timing by the Administrators ? We have a caretaker coach and sacked bowling coach 4 days before leaving for India. In the meantime, Indian Administrators take the series that important that they employ Eric Simons to join Gary Kirsten, as bowling coach, to "prepare" the Indians well regarding flaws in the Protea line up Did this situation take the Administrators by surprise. Did not appear to take Kepler by surprise and anyone with an experienced "know how" on team dynamics and professional preparation for International competitions

  • HOWZNOW on January 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    As Warnie said, only "coach" needed, was the 8 wheeler taking the players from the airport to the Hotel and sports stadium

  • HOWZNOW on January 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    It is time for a clean sweep. Our bowling attack lacked stike power both from pace bowlers and especially the spin bowlers in both tests that were drawn. Something is seriously wrong if our bowling attack fails to bowl a team out in one and half days and 140 overs available to them.(Newlands) The rigidity of team selection regarding Ashwell Prince as opener, also leaves more questions than answers. JP Duminy should be dropped from the tests. He has been very obviosuly out of form and added nothing of note since his good performance in Australia in December 2008. He is clearly a specialist ODI and T20 player. Why was Johan Botha left out of the tests, when Paul Harris was so obviously out of form. Graeme Swann outclassed Harris, to the point of embarrassment

  • Rahul_78 on January 26, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    All good things does come to an end. Arthur said it well. It is very disappointing cause SAF is the only nation who have toured india well in all there recent visits and arthur was instrumental in them doing well. If we go little in the past he even echoed his view of touring india succesfuly in media. In the bigger picture there is a saying that success has many takers and failures have none. The 2009 test performance of a very high caliber proteas team has taken its toll. It was realy not upto there standard. And SMITH IS THE MAN who can walk the talk hence inevitable has happened. I am looking forward to 2 tests considering there are some decent pitches provided for test matches and indian players survive bangladesh tours last 2 days without any more casualities on injuries front.

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  • Rahul_78 on January 26, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    All good things does come to an end. Arthur said it well. It is very disappointing cause SAF is the only nation who have toured india well in all there recent visits and arthur was instrumental in them doing well. If we go little in the past he even echoed his view of touring india succesfuly in media. In the bigger picture there is a saying that success has many takers and failures have none. The 2009 test performance of a very high caliber proteas team has taken its toll. It was realy not upto there standard. And SMITH IS THE MAN who can walk the talk hence inevitable has happened. I am looking forward to 2 tests considering there are some decent pitches provided for test matches and indian players survive bangladesh tours last 2 days without any more casualities on injuries front.

  • HOWZNOW on January 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    It is time for a clean sweep. Our bowling attack lacked stike power both from pace bowlers and especially the spin bowlers in both tests that were drawn. Something is seriously wrong if our bowling attack fails to bowl a team out in one and half days and 140 overs available to them.(Newlands) The rigidity of team selection regarding Ashwell Prince as opener, also leaves more questions than answers. JP Duminy should be dropped from the tests. He has been very obviosuly out of form and added nothing of note since his good performance in Australia in December 2008. He is clearly a specialist ODI and T20 player. Why was Johan Botha left out of the tests, when Paul Harris was so obviously out of form. Graeme Swann outclassed Harris, to the point of embarrassment

  • HOWZNOW on January 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    As Warnie said, only "coach" needed, was the 8 wheeler taking the players from the airport to the Hotel and sports stadium

  • HOWZNOW on January 26, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Is this not great timing by the Administrators ? We have a caretaker coach and sacked bowling coach 4 days before leaving for India. In the meantime, Indian Administrators take the series that important that they employ Eric Simons to join Gary Kirsten, as bowling coach, to "prepare" the Indians well regarding flaws in the Protea line up Did this situation take the Administrators by surprise. Did not appear to take Kepler by surprise and anyone with an experienced "know how" on team dynamics and professional preparation for International competitions

  • gregsmithsays on January 26, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Cricket South Africa has finally found a 'spin wizard' !? Blaming Smith-Arthur differences is a laugh ! The 'elephant in the corner nobody is talking about' is Makhaya Ntini ! The reluctance of his Arthur forced retirement is a MUCH more probable reason behind him being pushed to quit. I'm wondering if Ntini has phoned in his heavy-weight CSA buddies ? Don't mess with these blokes ... they stick together !

  • shadedwhite on January 26, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Maybe Mickey Arthur can coach Pakistan now. He is a terrific coach and PCB should put in every effort to hire him for a long time.

  • JUUREL on January 26, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Mickey Arthur was one of the best coaches they had.but change is inevitable.The south african players are good enough to win even without a coach.After all it is the players who go out on the field and play the game. Quite shocking development this. Hopefully they will come to India and put in a better performance than they did at how. (not being able to bowl a side out twice was a joke).Hopefully all things happen for the best. Best of luck proteas.

  • chandau on January 26, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    IS this about the quota system again? Either the selectors / coach / captain or all are to be blamed for the bridge too far England series. Prince is not an opener, does not have the technique. Duminy is out of form and has several technical deficiencies. Harris wont fit into a club team in Sri Lanka as a spinner. Ntini is out of form. Steyn is hurt and it shows. also both Dewet and Steyn looked the same. Can a South African fan tel me why the following were not looked at? Peterson for Duminy. Gibbs for Prince. Botha for Harris. Yusuf for Dewet. From the little i have seen of SA cricketers talent is there but they seem to lack exposure. Sri Lanka too had a problem with recognizing new names some time back. The moment they changed that mentality a few young guys came up trumps. cheers :)

  • StaalBurgher on January 26, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Vincent Barnes was also likely to lose his head in this - good one. Can we get Alan Donald now? I actually think Mickey is being kicked because he didn't back Smith to leave Ntini out. What else would they have had an argument about?

  • CricketMaan on January 26, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    its intresting, every time SAF loose the coach quits but captain stays on..Eric Simmons, Ray Jennings, Micky Arthur..poor coach takes all blame, but captains are like Hollywood heroes, whatever happens always heroes..