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Mickey Arthur sacked as Australia's coach

Brydon Coverdale

June 24, 2013

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Australia coach Mickey Arthur speaks to the media in Perth, March 26, 2013
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Mickey Arthur has been sacked as Australia's head coach less than three weeks before the start of the Investec Ashes and is expected to be replaced by Darren Lehmann. Cricket Australia is yet to officially announce the decision but the chief executive James Sutherland and general manager of team performance Pat Howard are due to hold a press conference in Bristol on Monday morning (UK time) to confirm the move.

It has also been reported that the captain Michael Clarke will relinquish his role as a selector as part of the change in structure that will be announced by Sutherland and Howard. Whether Lehmann would remain a selector is unclear.

Lehmann, who is in England having just finished a tour as the mentor of Australia A, has won rave reviews for the somewhat old-school approach he has taken with Queensland since he was appointed in 2011 and is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in Australian cricket.

But whatever the case, the axing of Arthur so close to the first Ashes Test, which begins on July 10, has left the Australian camp in a state of disarray. The squad was due to meet in Taunton on Monday ahead of their first tour game against Somerset, with some of the players having been part of the Australia A squad, some having been playing in the Champions Trophy and others having been warming up in county cricket.

The team will need to quickly become accustomed to the absence of Arthur, who was named head coach in November 2011. He replaced Tim Nielsen and the move came in the wake of the Argus Report into Australia's team performance, which was commissioned after Australia's thrashing at the hands of England in the home Ashes in 2010-11.

During Arthur's time in charge, Australia won 10 of their 19 Tests but the past few months had been especially challenging both on field and off it. The calamitous 4-0 defeat in India was overshadowed by the so-called homework sackings halfway through the trip, in which Arthur, captain Michael Clarke and team manager Gavin Dovey stood four players down for a Test for failing to complete an off-field task.

The Champions Trophy campaign, in which Australia failed to win a match, was also dominated by events away from the game, when David Warner punched England batsman Joe Root in a pub. Warner was suspended until the first Ashes Test but the incident raised questions about why a group of Australia players were out until the early hours of the morning following a loss.

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Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

I for one wd think it is a better-late-than-never move. If Indian tour debacle was not an eye opener the CT performance must have come as a point of no return for CA. Atm, Australia does not look anywhere near making even a contest out of the Ashes series in England and so the timing of sacking Micky Arthur is okay. Sacking implies wrong selection in the first place. That CA has acted atleast now is redeeming in itself. Yet what ails cricket in Australia is lack of talent (ot its spotting) and the cultural styles which go with a consistent champion. Dominance comes at a cost. Talent can deliver it only when it is aligned to other things like an overwhelming obsession to dominate, team spirit, sacrificing other things at altar of the pursuit of the goal etc. It is not just cricketing skills and coaching that is needed. A leader who can fire the team with the ambition and provide direction is needed. I am not aware who in Australia is the best fit for that job. Hope Lehmann is.

Posted by hhillbumper on (June 25, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

So do the players have any role in this one? I mean it is them that keep losing or is that just the coaches fault?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

My way or Highway strategy never works.....................players are not slaves they are artists.

Posted by Partyman on (June 24, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

Never been a fan of Mickey Arthur. Nevertheless, I feel sorry for him at the moment. I guess the whole thing can be handled in a rather less acrimonious way. He should have stood down soon after India. I would say he was rather naive to have seen this coming. I wish him all the best for his future.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

so sad and the decision is taken at wrong stage of an important series. It is player who are responsible for the performance not the coach. Anyhow the decision is taken may be a change might give Aussies little luck to beat England in this Ashes.

Posted by Alexk400 on (June 24, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

I think michael clarke has to be removed from captaincy is best solution. Because he is their best batsman. And he constantly thinking about team unity instead of his batting. Clarke lacks leadership skills but good captaincy skills. So i prefer mellow captain for aussie team who ever that may be but he needs to be permanent member of the team. Aussie team was disbanded like 6 years ago when hayden retired , gilchrist retired. Fast forward still not a single permanent player in Aussie team. So for me aussie selectors and ceo laid egg. They are the first ones has to go , then captain , then coach. Order is in reverse. :)

Aussie needs skilled batsman. But they chopping and changing so much and destroying confidence of young players. Bowling wise ausssies are ok. Its batting that is the problem due illogical selection moves by captain,coach and selectors. where is new young blood? aussie need to bring few 19 year old batsman with lots of hunger and enthusiasm.

Posted by Bloody_Hell on (June 24, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

One things for sure. Usman Khawaja will play in the first test.

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (June 24, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

So guess even the OZs dont reckon that they have the best bowling attack? Mickey was a distraction, they should have done this right after Ind tour, before he opened his mouth at the press conference stating that conditions in Eng will be so different from the subcontinent. Anyone see how much the ball is turning. They need to rope in the legend SKW. If not India please do that!

Posted by pakassasin on (June 24, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

It's a good move by CA. When team is not getting results, whats the point of keeping to the same coach. I think PCB should learn a lesson too from this. Watmore has unable to deliver any goods for Pak team and it seems like we need a coach who can communicate better with players and person who has good decision making abilities..Some of the decisions taken by the team management weren't good. For instance dropping Irfan from the 1st test at Wanderes, sending back Ahmed Shazad after good showing in T20 games in SA, and team selection for CT to name a few.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Extremely Brave Call by Cricket Australia. But a much needed one is my view. Australia's cricket has been going downhill for a while. From a team which seemed invincible to a team of fighters to now a team which just seems to lack the spark and class of the teams of the 90s. Its a tough task to replace and create a team of the caliber they had but the way their performance graph has nose dived does call for some tough calls.

I hope they don't judge Lehmann on the basis of this one Ashes. His performances as a coach have been special by all accounts. However any coach needs some time and I hope Cricket Australia give Lehmann enough time to prove his mettle. A few questions down the line on the production line which seems to have stopped producing enough world class talent on a regular basis are also in place.

The cricketing world needs a strong Australia - they're going through a tough part of the rebuilding cycle and lets hope they turn it around soon.

Posted by dogcatcher on (June 24, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

A tough call all round. Just before an ashes series, does nothing for moral. That said its the perfect excuse. If they win, it's because of the change & if they lose it's Mickey's fault.

Lets be frank it's not Mickeys fault the pace attack though young, exciting and full of promise isn't fit for 3 consectuctive tests. Its not Mickey fault that Ponting and Hussey retire leaving a bare cupboard or that no world class spinners exists.

It's not Mickeys fault that Watson hasn't contributed or been fully fit for numerous years.

I have no issue with Mickey backing Warner as any coach has to be seen backing loyal team member. In some ways this may be for the best. I feel sorry for Mickey as he had planned a legacy & unfortunately the machinery was not up to the task. This is a team in transition, full of promise but bereft of any stars (except for the frail skipper). A team world cricket needs to be strong.

As a saffa, good luck to Lehman, Mickey & the Oz team. No excuses now!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Not a great coach to start off with and not helped by some average players.Shocking choice in the first instance,and this is coming from a SAFFA.

Posted by Beertjie on (June 24, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

This is the best off-field news since the NSP made their Ashes team selection. Could never see how Arthur was ever selected and said so in no uncertain way at the time. Equally good news is that Clarke can no longer pick his mates. Boof was always going to be the right man, so good on yer, mate! The fortunes might not change immediately until the batters stand up, but I doubt there'll be anymore off-field issues for a while.

Posted by lihtness on (June 24, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

A team that needs rebuilding needs a captain who is extremely good at man management. Ability to purchase the most out of what is in stock. Unfortunately I do not see it in Clarke. He may be the best batsmen but that would not cut it to resurrect this Australian team. Coaches cant make or break without the captain in the middle.

Posted by bjg62 on (June 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Allan Girod. Spot on there... One thing to add though, the message to the public will be more palatable coming from Boof than anyone else. Every Aussie knows Boof to be a straight shooter, been there, gotten results and will tell it exactly how it is. I personally am looking forward to a new style of communication with the public.

Posted by volmitius on (June 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

shocking !!! sacking the head coach jst what a fortnight before the the first test... it is surely not a wise decision. had they hav done it after Indian debacle then it would hav been gutted. what is CA thinking ???? is this how they are gonna fight for the urn ??? i think Australian cricket is shambles,the recent outbreak of events both on and off the field has shaken them..

Posted by delboy on (June 24, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Why was Arthur not sacked last week or even Saturday? Deferring the decision just made it so much better not having to mention the fact that India won failed to take second place in the icc champions trophy.

Posted by sgbhatcar on (June 24, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

During the recent tour of India, I was appalled when Mickey Arthur disciplined 3 of the Aussies for not providing some views on a piece of paper! That I had thought was childish and stupid. Many on this forum had raised questions about his ability to be a coach. I guess the Australian Board just realized that Mickey Arthur was not competent enough. Hope Lehmann can motivate the Aussies in the Ashes series. For sure, the Aussies are in disarray, due to some bad planning in selection of coaches, in the past few years and the exit of Ricky Ponting.

Posted by Fresh.prince on (June 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Y is it the coach is the one always in the firing line....

Posted by Happy_hamster on (June 24, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

It seems to be a good choice but I agree with Mitty the timing is poor, it should have come after losing to an Indian test team ripe for the picking whitewashed Australia.

Posted by anton_ego on (June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

As much as I hate Aus cricket team, I feel sorry for them. This is a position I wouldn't wish even for my arch enemy. As they say, when a problem comes, it doesn't come alone. First they lost senior players, then they suffered crucial series losses to SA and India, then disciplinary problems among senior players, then a disappointing CT2013, now the coach. A good team cannot be built around a muddled team culture. Drinking is a serious issue which is the seed of all the mess on and off the field. They may produce another Ponting or a Warne or a Gilly but they can never produce someone like Dravid or Laxman. I had never seen any Aussie cricketer as docile and benevolent as these legends of Indian cricket. Ask Dravid and Laxman what they did after that 4th day in 2001 Kolkata test, there's a lesson for every Aussie player.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

CA's decision is not saying Mickey is to blame for the poor team, it is saying he is not the right person for the job. The players are not responding to his coaching style and/or personality. I believe this is a good decision. I do feel for Mickey, he had a tough job. The players are average at best. Culturally there is a very different mindset and communication style between Australians and South Africans. I see it in workplaces all the time. For this reason, Boof is a good choice, he will be able to speak with the guys as one of their own, and he will have their respect as an accomplished ex-player. Trust, never underestimate it. Homeworkgate meant Mickey lost the player's trust (they felt humiliated in the public eye), at the very least they lost some faith in his abilities. If not Boof, then an Australian or even better a Kiwi (NZ has at times achieved great success with small resources throughout their countries history - on and off the sporting field, this will rub off)

Posted by SirViv1973 on (June 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

I would echo the comments of the other posters who have already said that Arthur's axing was envietable, and that the only surprise was the timing. There has been a are clear divison in the aus camp, between the confirmists who have come down on the side of the coach & capt & the rebel element who have sided with former VC Watson. CA knew that whilst this divisons were embroiling the team they had next to no chance of winning back the ashes. They will hope that by bringing in Lehman (a respected coach & former wearer of the baggy green) at this late hour that these divisons can be set aside for the good of the team & Aus cricket. However the big question still remains are Aus good enough to win this series?

Posted by Super-Dog on (June 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Well its simple really. The ACB has taken 18 months or so to learn what every Aussie bloke already new. They could have saved themselves all this Mickey Arthur trouble if they only asked one of us..... There is absolutely no point having a non-aussie coaching our cricket team, it doesn't matter who it is, they will just not understand the aussie psyche, the way we think, the way we process things, what makes us sledge, why we are as tough as nails etc etc etc and ultimately how to maximise the aussie competitive spirit. LET THIS BE A LESSON THE ACB NEVER FORGETS!!! Let's have Aussies coaching Aussies. That way, no matter how strong or weak our team, we will get the most out of our players.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 24, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Appointing Darren Lehman will bring in Doomsday for Aus crick.. We have seen enough of his coaching skills in IPL Hyd for 5 seasons. He lacks creativity, he cannot drop big players, he will persist with his favorite players etc

BEST SHOT is go for Tom Moody.. he is the best person. I wish India picks Moody as their coach after Fletcher for 2015 WC . WC is in AUS as well..

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

A coach can do only so much. If the players don't perform, why blame the coach. at the end of the day it's not the coach batting and bowling out there. Australia needs quality players to be where they were and that's lacking at the moment.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Too little, too late. Still far too many short-format specialists fixed into the test squad; and now they're 'replacing' a 32-year-old captain with a batting average of 52, with 24-year-old short-format-specialist with a batting average of 32... Well that's just genius like-for-like thinking that is!

Posted by Long-Leg on (June 24, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

I can't quite believe the number of Aussie fans trying to put a positive spin on this. Sacking a coach mid tour can never be a good thing. Shane Warne always used to say that a coach is something you arrive at the ground in. In other words the coach has very little effect on a team. The real problem is the players.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (June 24, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

@DylanBrah "The performance of Australia has been appalling and well below par since Ponting and Hussey's retirement,"

No it hasn't, and this myth needs to be laid to rest once and for all. After Hussey's retirement Australia won 7 of its next 9 ODIs and went from 4 to 2 in the rankings. After Ponting retired, Australia won its next three tests. So far there has been ONE bad test series in the past three years. People just have very short memories.

The CT was hardly a huge disaster, only playing two games, with the second effectively over before a ball was bowled thanks to outrageously bad luck with the NZ game being abandoned when they were well on top, then NZ being gifted an exaggerated run rate thanks to two shortened games. To put that in perspective, NZ's highest score was 159, while Australia scored over 200 3 times - but none of it counted, only run rate.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Great Move! Boof was a great cricketer, and proven to be an even better coach. He understands Australian cricket better then anyone else available and clearly Arthur was not the right man. Don't be surprised if Lehman does really well and the Aussies surprise with an Ashes win!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 24, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Lehmann is an excellent coach. he coached kings 11 and all players played like proper unit with never say die attitude. aus need this attitude to win ashes. all the best ca, win b2b ashes as england team is at all time low after loss in 5th final consecutively in world icc events.

Posted by Potatis on (June 24, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

This is excellent news, I'm so happy! Nothing wrong with the timing, they are not playing the first test tomorrow morning. There's still 2 tour games to play yet, and a lot of training to be done before the first test. I'm sure this move will boost the morale of all of the players, and they will perform better than if they kept Arthur until the end of the series.

Best of luck to Boof and all of the Australian players. I'm sure there will be some surprises in store for those who believe the Australia side is totally rubbish these days. Boof will have them playing the Australian way.

Posted by Playfair on (June 24, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

I was expecting this but never thought it would actually happen!

Posted by oscoli67 on (June 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Clarke standing down as a selector is conveniently distancing himself from the fallout that will occur at the end of the English leg of the upcoming ashes marathon. I can see the "We told Mickey not to pick him, nothing to do with me .. etc etc ... " after the series is over. Lehman will bring a bit of guts to the squad but he can't bat or bowl for them. It seems that Cricket Australia is determined to hog all the negative press these days, when all poms should be trying to defend the mother of al chokes at Edgbaston. KP will be gutted that no-one's interested in his triumphant return.

Posted by DylanBrah on (June 24, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Mickey had it coming to him. The performance of Australia has been appalling and well below par since Ponting and Hussey's retirement, even if the current squad isn't the greatest we have ever had. Not to mention the homework debacle and other off field drama. Mickey has failed to form a winning culture within this team. I am 100% sure the players have the full respect of this decision and of Darren Lehmann. The future suddenly looks brighter for Australia.

Posted by Charlie101 on (June 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Unfortunately I think this makes Australia stronger as they have a chance to rebuild the team spirit as it reduces Clarke's toxic influence on team morale ( selecting his favorites etc ).

Lehmann is a real professional and capable coach and he will not make the same selection mistakes such as Maxwell with the test team.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 24, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer, completely agree, especially about 'luck' at the SWALEC shifting the momentum. Moving forward it will also depend on how much say as coach Lehmann gets in the selection process, and if CA knee jerk to remove him if they lose the ashes in England.

I think had they done this after India then it would have been a different story and a tighter series. Still dont write off Aus under Lehmann hes a canny character.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 24, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Now that they have a scapegoat to blame their future Ashes defeats on, the stage is set for another Ashes humiliation for Oz, with Arthur the fall guy for everything that occurs from this point. The one positive is that Clarke has quit as selector - he never really made the right selections, which is probably because he has led this group of players poorly. He is not the leader needed at this time.

Posted by pat_one_back on (June 24, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Huge call but better now than midway through the 10 test series, Clarke can't do it all on his own and Mickey's 'Deloitte research backed'' high performance coaching routines are not the fit for a young struggling sporting team now near devoid of experience pride & resilience. Buff is EXACTLY what they need. I can see this galvanising the Aussies, as with Clarke relinquishing his selection right. Hopefully Buff does likewise and honest conversations, dressing room trust, pride, acccountability & purpose rebuilt, that's the environment our inexperienced young players need more than anything right now. Hooray, the healing can now begin.

Posted by whofriggincares on (June 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

A lot of people on here wont know the team I am about to talk about but will probably have a side in one of their local competitions they might be able to compare with. There is a team in the Australian Football League called Port Adelaide, last year they were a basketcase and couldn't win to save themselves people were even talking about the club folding. This year with a change of coach they have won more than half their games including beating last years champions this past weekend. The mental state of individual players and the team as a whole is the most important thing in a team sport environment. This obviously wasn't as it needed to be under Aurthur. Will it be any different under Boof? Who knows for sure, but I have a feeling things will improve rapidly. The talent IS there of that I have no doubt. This will be a watershed day in Australias up and down recent history mark my words. Bring on the ashes I personally cant wait.

Posted by Surajrises on (June 24, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

I understand none of the aussie fan has liked Mickey Arthur and Australian Cricket hasn't progressed as much as it should have but look at Duncan Fletcher for India! Indians lost 4-0 to Eng and then 4-0 to Australia and till Champions Trophy, he hadn't produced any great results because it takes time to rebuild a team and Australia too were going through that phase. Somehow the strategy of sacking Arthur doesn't look great right now because I dnt see Lehman doing wonders straight away in 15 days to get this team Ashes Cup to Australia!!!

Posted by saw_been on (June 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

A Good news to hear, Arthur should sacked off the Australia head coach as he has not done something good for the Team. As of the Aussies great fan; until the Arthur is with the team Aussies performance have been going down & down. If we see Champion Trophy I don't think so that this is the real Aussies to be.???? This decision must be taken after they lost to India 4-nill. But it is ok now the decision comes to end. Darren Lehmann is a great coach, he has shown the whole world what he can do. Sun-risers had shown a lot in the IPL 2013. Great man hand can make the whole team a better. Darren Lehmann has his best...Let's see what Aussies will do under his supervision in the upcoming Ashes.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

that homework thing shows he is not in touch with the australian way of thinking he was to school masterish

Posted by Rick777 on (June 24, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

I have said this before in these columns. Arthur, Inventry & Clark should take all the balme for Ozs slipping down in the recent months. Seems the worrd has gone to CA. Arthur sacked.

The next to go should be Inventry who has done blunder after blunder in selection. Clark is 3rd in the list unless he works well with Leheman.

But Inventry has to go for sure.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

What does a head coach actually do? For me Mickey Arthur did absolutely nothing in the role besides trying to bring in some new age management techniques which failed miserably. I hope Lehmann can bring some harmony to the dressing room, stop Warner and Hughes wafting at everything outside off stump and get Lyon to stop bowling darts. He is also a fan of Khawaja so I hope to see him line up in the first test.

Posted by Nigels on (June 24, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Those who say Mickey did a good job probably hvnt been watching this team for a while.....if you go on tour and have discipline issues it means you have failed as a leader, period..!! failure to win a single CT13 match means the team is going backwrds instead of progressing...firing was the only way out...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

I think arthur failed to submit his Power point presentation on Champions trophy ... that's why he was fired :P

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Arthur was always on a hiding to nothing - taking over a squad that not only was in the rebuilding process, but didn't have suitable replacements (Aus STILL looking for a test quality spinner). Given the success the old team had, expectations were unreasonably high. Ironically, it was the administrators that screwed him over when he was SA coach, here it seems to be the players who've done him in.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 24, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

@Yorkshire Pudding Luck also played a part. Before the Caribbean tour England were confident of re-gaining the Ashes and that confidence remained as Andrew Strauss got the side pulling together and dominating the rest of the series. However, if Monty and Jimmy Anderson had not produced that miraculous partnership at the SWALEC, would England have ended up comfortable winners of the series still? That one we will never know that answer to.

However, with uncertainty over the availability of the captain for the first two Tests, a new coach and doubts surrounding the player who was stand-in captain in India, they have certainly made this series more difficult. It is definitely though no time to ease-up because if they draw or win the 1st Test they can use that to gel the team together quickly in adversity.

It will be interesting to see though how the Lehmann experiment is working come October. It may just be the boost that they need.

Posted by vish57 on (June 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

It is good for australian cricket, as during Arthur's tenure as coach, Australia performed their worst. Australian cricket needs a strong leader as coach, both Lehman and Tom Moody will fit the bill; out of box Australian cricket may seek Steve Waugh, whom every cricket lover may consider the best captain Australia ever produced. Atleast now the Hitler like actions will be minmised and Australia can bring back their fighting spirit.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

I dont think anyone can objectively say "He should have been fired a long time ago or He should have never been hired in the first place" Lets see what Lehman comes up with and then we can compare and say yeah was probably for the best. This team is young inexperienced talented but overpaid. The worst kept secret is obviously the dearth of batting talent in Australia so they will have to build a team around their bowlers and try to get the best out of their batsmen. So let the second innings begin and we will find out.

Posted by warnerbasher on (June 24, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Great move. To me Micky Arthur is an outsider as would be any other non Australian in the setup. I'm happy to let our cricketing fortunes ebb and flow with Aussies involved rather than let aliens into the setup. Its not the defeats that I mind because currently England, South Africa and probably India have better players than us. Its the manner of the defeats that have caused me concern and I reckon Boof just might bring the mongrel back to Aussie cricket. Bring Tugger and Tubs back into the fold and I reckon we will start heading in the right direction and quickly.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

All these changes are cosmetic. I have one simple question to CA: Where is the next generation of talented, domestic Aussie cricketers? You can paint a crumbling wall with all fancy colors you like, but the fact remains that the wall is crumbling.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

LOL, good luck winning ashes. or World Cup.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 24, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

We can see 5 test matches of 3 days. I have been following Aussie crickets for last 40 years. I have never seen/heard that Aus cricket has done down to this level. You name all problems in cricket Aus got all of them. Good luck to Darrel. Give an assistant coach position to Chandika Hathurusinghe.

Posted by whoster on (June 24, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

There's no doubt that Mickey Arthur has made plenty of mistakes during his time in charge, but the timing of his sacking is astonishing. After the farcical tour of India on-and-off the pitch, surely that would've been the time to bring in a new coach? Three weeks before the Ashes begin, this all sounds pretty desperate, and I wonder whether Arthur's ridiculous statment that Australia has 'the best all-round attack in the world' was the final straw. The Aussies have enough on their plate without their coach inviting more ridicule. It's about time the Aussies woke-up and realised that they don't have a great side, and will have to do the best they can with the goods provided. Lehmann would seem a good choice to replace Arthur, but selecting the right coach is one of a myriad of problems they need to get right. Australia's most realistic aim in this summer's Ashes will be to avoid a thrashing.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer, thats my concern, Aus in Aus is always tough, but with a coach thats instilled belief in the team then its a very different ball game.

The question is will CA remove Clarke as captain and look towards someone like George Bailey who, lets face it did well in the CT, and with Clarkes Back issues they will need continuity.

Posted by Imeancricket on (June 24, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

i am an umpire in Australia at premier level. what i see is what you see. there is too much emphasis on AFL. On weekends parents take kids to footy (AFL) even when local clubs and kids are playing. In summer hardly any parent come to watch cricket which most of it is top class. I feel sorry for cricket in Australia. This explains the reason for lack of interest in cricket. When there is international cricket I see empty stands. International T20 has decent crowd, but most of it is for weekend fun and no take home message from game. It is hard to see Aussie cricket getting any better for another two years. I am counting fingers but I cannot see any coaches. Lehman and steve waugh, can they do anything. Get an outsider like India and other subcontinental teams did. Get Sandip Patil of India or someone of similar calibre. this might help change the perception of cricket among players.

Posted by nasimmushtaque on (June 24, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Good news for Australian Cricket Team, he should have been sacked immediately after the Indian disaster tour, he has done no good at all for the Australian cricket team. Best wishes to the Aussie, although i was not a well wisher of the Aussie, but now as they struggle like a very weak team, i must them well wishes.

Posted by Aussiesfalling on (June 24, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Cricket Australia - The Gift That Keeps on giving

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Had lost count of the number of occasions, and number of times, I had posted the query: "Why are they putting up with him?". Good for Australian cricket. I would like to see good cricket from all cricket playing nations. Hope, NZ also take a cue to get rid of unwanted and disruptive imports, mismanaging their cricketing affairs!

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Oz are going thru a difficult period. These changes are necessary to inject new life into the ailing team. The most difficult task facing them is to find a good captain for the team. Clarke and injuries are forcing this issue. I hope the Ashes will be won back by this Oz team. They can look for inspiration from the team Lehmann is coaching in Oz A side. There is a player called Maddleston who scored a mountain in the tour game for Oz.

Posted by Trebla on (June 24, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

If the team gets smashed by England people will be saying Boof is too old fashioned, obsolete in his methods, and unable to understand the mindset of Gen Y/Z. If they do well, or put up a fight, he will have captured the spirit of teams past. Good luck to all involved, but timing is a big part of this and Arthur had the team at very hard time. Now its Lehman's turn.

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (June 24, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Why is it that those who chose to appoint Arthur in the first place get away with that decision? Nobody in Australian cricket bar those men thought it a good move. With hindsight it appears to be the worst decision CA has ever made. As Chappelli wrote "who administers the administrators?"

Bringing Lehmann in may have a short-term rebound effect and galvanise the Aussies for the test ahead. They did need a change and morale with certainly rise. Aussies need to stick to being Aussies and Lehmann will make sure this happens.

Posted by Reverend-Cavalier on (June 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

My selection of next long term coach of australia in preference order 1. Steve Waugh 2. Steve Waugh 3. Steve waugh 4. Steve Waugh....if any person embodies more the essence of Australian cricket than he, then gladly choose them as coach. Tugger learned cricket from Allan border and Bob Simpson, so the link is to Ian Chappell, bill Lawry, Richie Benaud, Keith miller, Don....sadly i think it stopped with Punter ! I would sack Clarke as Captain as i feel, like Arthur, he is devisive..sadly, again, there is no stand out candidate. Boof may make Andrew symonds team motivator

Posted by dalboy12 on (June 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Who would ever want to be a coach? Cricketers, maybe cos of the amount of time they spend together seem to have a harder time getting on together, you are always hearing rumours of players that don't get on with their team mates, a lot more than you ever hear from a team like the All Blacks. So a big role of the coach seems to be getting the players on the same page and working together as a team. So it requires the players to buy into it as much as the coach -- if the players don't buy into it in any sort of numbers then the coach gets the sack. If the players don't perform in any number - the coach gets the sack. If one of the star players decides he has a problem with the coach --- the coach gets the sack. I reckon more accountability needs to go back on the players -- sacking the coach is too often the easy way out. Though having said that - a SA coaching in Aussie's national game --- was never going to end well.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Should've happened a long time. I guess Mickey wanted to shed the passive/background worker tag that he earned at South Africa with this assignment and was overtly aggressive with the media his evaluations etc.. Good thing I guess to have someone more level headed and understands the Australian way.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@YorkshirePudding My thinking exactly. The winter series could now be a completely different ballgame.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 24, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer, that is true but look what happened that summer, after the WI's defeat. Strauss and Flower came together and galvinised the team, leading to an Ashes win against a good Aussie side.

I do think its too late for Lehmann to do much this series, but for the return its going to be a different matter.

Posted by tpjpower on (June 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

I think this is a good move. If nothing else, Lehmann's experience as Bull's coach may ensure Khawaja gets a decent run (assuming the coach retains a selection role). Ussie is a better player than Hughes, Warner and Smith. About time Joe Burns gets a look in too. Time to change the weird selection policy of picking every NSWelshman except SO'K.

Posted by Simoc on (June 24, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

There is absolutely nothing to be in dis-array about. It's great news. Out with a non performer and in with a real performer. Back on track at last. Excellent timing. The journalists seem to have been caught out, asleep at the wheel yet again.

Good to hear Clarke has been relieved of selection duties as well. The mind numbingly stupid selections in India showed that they are not up to it. Soon results will be back on track, well hopefully anyway.

Posted by ScottStevo on (June 24, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Great news! Strangely odd timing for this to occur, but still, better late than never. Now we need to get rid of Inverarity and things may start moving in the right direction...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

well done!!! Can somebody please publish my opinion. I have mentioned this on numerous occassions that Arthur does not identify well with Australian Cricket culture. Good riddence!!

Posted by Redbac on (June 24, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

I called for Boof's appointment some time ago and at last sense has prevailed. Boof is a perfect fit for the gig. We are battling and Boof understands the battling mindset. look what he has achieved with Qld. SACA were mad to appoint him, but it's too late now. Boof was robbed by Aus selectors in his playing days and that will also give him insight into the player who feels uncertain in his place. Boof's lack of complication will help clear the players' heads. There won't be sackings for homework not done.

Posted by Street_Hawk on (June 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

People here are talking about the timing. Yes, timing was poor but this is a decision they had to make. Arthur had serious issues, he could not control his players. Four people did not respect him enough to do his *homework*, including the vice-captain. I haven't seen a good player emerge since he took over. Warner went hayward with his discipline, players drinking till 2 am after losing a match, and then getting into fights. Australia would have sunk deeper if they did not make this decision. But at the same time, selectors and Captain can't avoid their responsibility. Horrible team selection, players are being tried n changed, no fixed team is hurting team morale...Sorry mate, you guys need more sacking than just Ar

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

good decision, but should be better if its taken after ashes tour. Although CA may appoint lehman but it will be better if Stephen Fleming become head coach and Lehman as batting coach.my 1st ashes team: rogers,Cowan,usman, Clarke, Smith, Watson, haddin,Harris, siddle, patto,lyon

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 24, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

This is odd timing. Back in 2009 England found themselves with no captain and no coach just before departing for the Caribbean; the result was a devastating series defeat including a disorientated side being all out for 51 in the 1st Test. It may well be that Cricket Australia knows what it is doing, but it looks like a move that will destabilize the side even more in the short term.

Posted by JiminyCricket1969 on (June 24, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Go Team Boof!!!

Good move I think, albeit at a harsh time. Arthur just wasn't working out in the Oz camp. The recent off field issues perhaps symptomatic of poor team morale under his coaching approach. Will either be temporarily disruptive or positively cathartic for team Oz.

Posted by Matt. on (June 24, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

The change doesn't surprise me, but the timing is very unexpected! Quite ridiculous really. The players have enough off field drama to deal with already. And although it's hard to know what has happened behind the scenes, it's a bit disrespectful to Mickey, who hasn't done that bad of a job. Up until India the team performance was steadily on the rise. In any case, Lehmann gets rave reviews and all the player know and respect him. It's hard to know if this will have a negative or positive affect on team performance in the short term.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

great move to replace Arthur with Lehmann pity cricket australia didn't pick the best coach the first time also very glad to see Mark Taylor back on the board Go Aussies

Posted by stormy16 on (June 24, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Lehman may be the right man for the job but why wait till now to make this call - its crazy! Also Aus team performance cannot be solely blamed on Arthur as Aus are struggling to find guys who can bat and the bowlers keep getting injured - this is hardly Arthur's fault. I am not a fan of Arthur and actually this Boof is great but the reasons just don't add up here neither does the timing.

Posted by Edassery on (June 24, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Very bad timing and the plight of Australian cricket is not exactly due to the Coach. They didn't have a proper succession plan since almost 5 years with the retirement of some great Aussie cricketers. With a number of players preferring T20 to test cricket, it was always going to be bad. I wish both Ponting and Hussey had played this Ashes series and retired !

Posted by milepost on (June 24, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Excellent news! Since India I have been openly saying Arthur and Clarke must go. Lehmann is perfect. Clarke may still be captain but his selection powers are gone which is fantastic as he continues to select his out-of-form-not-right-for-test-cricket buddies. We will now see Australia's best coaching option pick our best playing options, of that I am sure. What great news to wake up to. The culture under Clarke and Arthur was totally wrong. The media will criticise the timing but I think CA have shown some courage which is a refreshing change. Right now, bring on the Ashes!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Lets hope Lehmann has full support of selectors. The selection of 3 or more allrounders (Watson, Henriques, Maxwell) in the tests in India defied belief.

Posted by Trixster1971 on (June 24, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

If Boof is the man, then good luck Australia, he's a solid coach and widely respected. The English will probably become complacent to an extent, but Pup and Boof should bounce well off each other which you never quite felt was the case with Mickey A.

I think Rogers will fire and if Pup is fit you could have the beginnings of a recovery, but it's time Khawaja, and Hughes (if selected) stepped up and repayed the plane fare, they have to bat England out of the series, heavy runs are what made the difference in 1989 and the pressure was immedeatly on the revolving door of the england middle order. I think it will be closer than some think, teeing up a fascinating return series.

Posted by Mitty2 on (June 24, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Here's khawaja's thoughts on Lehmann: "He's been awesome, he's my coach in Queensland, I get along with him very well. I love the way he goes about his business, he's tough but he's always having fun. One of the best things about him is he's got a really good cricket brain, and you just can't buy that. He's had so much experience, he's played 300-400 first-class games, and the way he talks about cricket he simplifies things. I think he's got a lot to offer Australian cricket in years to come."

Pretty much in every facet there does Arthur fail in in comparison. Agreeing with the general sentiment; great selection to have as a coach, but very poor timing. Should have been done after the Indian debacle

Gillespie also said that "everything he touches turns to gold" and inferred that even the worst teams on paper under Lehmann's leadership will rise to the top. Just look at Qld, with the worst batting in the whole state system and yet won the shield last year and were runners up this year

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (June 24, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Get Mike Hussey back in the team. Changing the coach won't help.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

To me aus alrdy loss da ashes, hw can a coach sack middle of a tour??? it should be done befor or after. what dis done is effect on players and Lehman is not a correct choice either. iz 4 0 or 3 0 ENGLAND

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

mk2205 I completely agree. I thought when he was appointed that Aus would finally get some discipline and rules into their cricket. Over time it grew apparent that the culture clash was too much, and it's just not what Aus are used to. In fact, the only reason why I have never supported Aus is because of their arrogance and sledging to bully the opposition. I'm old school cricket beliefs and have always believed the best feeling in cricket is when you beat an opposition by team performance alone. People like Glenn McGrath got countless wickets by just running in and bowling. They are the role models I look up to. Arthur, like me, wanted Aus to change. I guess we don't really have a right to try. It's up to Aus to choose the path they want. Australia will benefit more from an Australian coach like boof because they aren't used to any other style of cricket. I just feel sorry for Lehman having two ashes series defeats as his first two tours on his resume. England are just too strong.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

@Babu22, It was probably decided that Arthur was going by early evening (6pm), it would just taken time for all the 'deals' to have been struck and agreement from a quorum of the CA board.

Also why shouldnt it be announced in Australia first, and mid/early afternoon is the best time so that it gets coverage on the Early evening (East coats)/Late evening (west coast) news channels.

I agree speculating that Lehmann, who is in country already coaching the A-Team is an assumption but its most likely the correct assumption based on how long it would take to get someone else in place, even as an Interim coach.

Other alternatives could include, other members of the coaching staff, but in the main they would have been selected by MA. Theres also Gillespie whos doing a great job coaching Yorkshire at the moment, but hes probably contracted until the end of the summer, so Logically its going to be Lehmann as an interim coach.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Good riddance, this is good news for australian cricket. It can't get any worse, can only go up from this.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Get rid of Invers as well, he was boring, scored zip and was crap fielder and just kept a a talent like Paul Sheahan out so his faves are similar. Sack Sutherland too and put a fighter like AB or WW2 in or Boonie.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

What a great moment for Australia, an AUSTRALIAN as our head coach.............

Posted by Priyavrat96 on (June 24, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

Darren Lehmann should be considered for the coach of australia

Posted by colc on (June 24, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Ref Peel's comments...If he thinks that Hayden and Symonds should be role models for the conduct of future Australian cricketers, it's no wonder they're in the mess they're in.

Posted by Big-Dog on (June 24, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

What a shame Tim Coyle retired fron coaching at the end of last season. He would be a much better option than Lehmann.

Posted by Big-Dog on (June 24, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Better late than never. Why has'nt Pat Howard also been sacked?

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 24, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Wrong timing i say.Should have sacked him after they lost to India or wait till the end of Ashes. Certainly wrong timing.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (June 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

It was going to happen, but I'm surprised at how late it happened. Hopefully the players will listen to Boof and he'll crack some skulls.

Posted by Babu22 on (June 24, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

I somehow cannot believe this news, though I understand this could be true. Firstly, the news came out after about 1 AM UK time, in the middle of the night. Doesn't that look a little odd? Did someone call a press conference in the night (UK time) to announce this? Or did CA announce this news this (Australian) morning? The above report does not answer any of these questions. Also notice that this report above does not take any names. It only says Mickey Arthur has been sacked and that there will be a press conference in the morning (UK time). I won't believe it until after the (supposed) press conference.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (June 24, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

So he got sacked because he criticized Warner's suspension, according to certain well-informed individuals here. The truth is he never criticized the suspension, only the media exaggeration of it. So Clarke should be forced to resign too, even though he has utmost respect and admiration throughout those in the highest places in Australia, including past captains and players. The truth is he is a highly respected and talented leader who lost a mere three games after an extended period of success over two and half years. So Australia is doomed after a two month lean period, when virtually all other teams have experienced the same in the last couple of years, including England. The truth is this is a short cycle which will soon correct itself, as it always does - if not during this Ashes series, then the return series in Australia.

Posted by markofcaloundra on (June 24, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Great news. Arthur was never the right choice from the start. Lehmaan is good choice. Now lets finish the clean out and remove Inverarity and his selection panel( picking 5 openers in top 6 is hanging offence), Howard and Sutherland. We can great a team of selectors/specialist coaches and devlopment and and performance managers out of MTaylor, Gilchrist, Warne, M Waugh, S Waugh, McGrath, Healy and Gillespie, M Hussey would make a great hp manager. Invers is way out of touch, selecting too many fringe test types like he was, ie Maxwell, Wade, Rogers,Bailley, not knowing/selecting our best spinner, nor our best pace attack. whoever thought up selecting Hastings as a test bowler, is clearly another sackable offence( ie delusional). We cant expect miracles given the batting gene pool available at moment', but i do think we will be competitive, and this tour is an opportunity for new stars to make a name for themselves. Like to see Voges, S Smith and F Ahmed added to test squad.Go Boof.

Posted by PFEL on (June 24, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

I am so delighted by this news. Arthur was in the job 2 years too long and Boof is going to be fantastic! Even if they don't win anything he's a great aussie bloke and always was one of my favourite Aus players along with Haydos and Symo

Posted by Unifex on (June 24, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Fantastic! None too soon. When I heard him say on the radio last weekend that he wanted to "make the Australian crest the biggest brand in cricket", I thought: why not make the team the best side in cricket? A bloke who thinks like that isn't what we need. We need a calm, smart head who the players respect. Lehman's just the ticket.

Posted by punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on (June 24, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

So it is a ONE-NIL to Warnie!! After writing his thoughts on Australian cricket he spoke out against Arthur and backed Lehman for the job (not as head couch but as a major coaching role) I agree totally with the sacking and I back Lehman. Just look how well he has done with the Queenslanders cricket and you will understand why I like him. But I think they need to get rid of John Inverarity too. I think He isn't doing anything good for the Australian cricket's future. GET SOMEONE REAL AND NOT JUST A FIRST CLASS SPINNER WHO IS SPINNING US TO DESTRUCTION!!!

Posted by maddy20 on (June 24, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Arthur is often too defensive and his man management has been terrible. It was bound to happen sooner than later. This should give the OZ some hope for the ashes

Posted by Refractor on (June 24, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Australia were already a rabble so this can't cause too much more disarray. Someone who is old school and can knock a few heads together (see Simpson and Border in the 80s) may be just what the doctor ordered. Harsh for Arthur and possibly too late, but something needed to be done.

Posted by monisri on (June 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Lehmann would be able to resurrect the standards in two years time. But, the upcoming ashes series going to be tough for the chosen lot. If only a couple of seniors fire and then new comers will also in a position to contribute immensely. Watto, Clarke and warner must deliver for rest to follow. Otherwise it would be a hmm 2-0 or 3-0 defeat for Aussies.

Posted by X_Bat on (June 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Maybe can focus on playing cricket instead of homework

Posted by mk2205 on (June 24, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

I cannot help but feel sorry for Mickey - the Aussie players are undiciplined and when he tried to put his foot down in India he was accused by ex-players of trying as outsider to change the "Aussie-way" of "playing" cricket. Now they took his head because he towed the line? Come on. The Aussies (both the players and Board) need to grow up. The incidents of the last three months are a reflection on what is pervasive within Australian cricket at all levels - egotistic, overrated, unprofessional and undiciplined. To put it differently - they are a bunch of third rate players and administrators demanding respect from the rest of the cricket playing world on the back of 1990 dominance. My prediction: they will lose both Ashes series badly and take a long time to be the best in the world again. Oh, what a nice feeling!

Posted by MartinC on (June 24, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Speaking as an England fan while I am surprised by the timing I actually think this was a food move. The current leadership clearly was not working so why carry on - better to bite the bullet and make the change.

It's going to be very hard to turn this round but that's more to do with the lack of batting talent than coaching.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Arthur got the same treatment he has been giving to the players. I was expecting his removal but this is a sudden and bold move by Cricket Australia. During his tenure, the morale of the players were low and this could have been the reason for the indiscipline inside the Australian Camp. I hope Lehman (is he confirmed) will unite the team and improve the morale and confidence on the players. The team has tremendous talent and I hope Lehman will help the players understand their potential to enable them to perform at the highest level. With this change, I am now confident, Ashes battle will look great and the spectators will enjoy every game.

Posted by Shongololo on (June 24, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Good that Arthur has been dismissed. Now complete the job and get rid of James Sutherland, too. In fact, he should have gone first, having been the ordinary CEO who has long presided over Australia's decline and done nothing to arrest it.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Sounds like the 'blame game' to me. It's not gonna help the Aussies in the Ashes

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Australia is desperate. Good move, but should ve come earlier. I dont know if any new coach can do any significant changes to the team in such a short period. But then more the skill set, the aussie team needs a change in mind set, which i hope Lehman can bring.

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 24, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

I am not an Aussie so neutral view,but I also think Gilchrist would have been a good move. Trevor Baylis / Tom Moody? Seems a silly time to do it though...

Posted by .Raina on (June 24, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Not a big surprise in terms of the casualty itself, may be even the timing is also just right. Hardly anything good has happened since he was selected as a coach; even that time it should have been Darren L, who is highly respected as a coach/player/person. Mickey for sure has found it hard to fit-into the AUS setup. The functional team was dismantled starting with Simon Katich, and then others not in-line with arrogant Mr. Clarke have been made to leave one by one....especially when many of them had quite a bit to offer in rebuilding the team. Most of the decisions have been purely based on promise rather than any hard facts. The performances in Sheffield Shield were ignored for players who were in good terms with MC, & Mickey supported those decisions. Now after two years of 'performance / work-load management' we have hardly any batting line-up. Even the wk had to be re-called. And now the mis-managed Khawaja would again be thrown into the deep-end.....

Posted by Mitty2 on (June 24, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Omg, more great news, I've now heard Michael Clarke has quit as a selector! Yay for Australia!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Poor move by Cricket Australia... The timing is all the more terrible... If they were bent on sacking Arthur, it should have been done immediately after the conclusion of the Indian tour... Now that the Ashes is just three weeks away, the board itself has delivered the first punch on the face of its own team... never has an Aussie side been degraded to this extent!! They don't have a proper opening pair (Haydos, Langer - where are you guys?), they have perhaps, the most brittle middle order (Punter, Gilly, Martyn, Lehmann - listen) and even the bowling pack needs to be bubble wrapped and carried!! I would like to believe that the Aussies will perform decently, but going by the current state of affairs, it looks as likely as a bright sunny day in Cardiff now!! I don't think Lehmann can cook up any magic and get the Ashes! Simple as that!

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (June 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Good stuff CA, boof Lehman is a great coach for the Bulls and will bring much needed expertise to our team. Looking forward to the ashes.

Posted by Meety on (June 24, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

All CA has to do now is sack Sutherland. The selection of Arthurs was a gamble by CA, iniatially it didn't look too bad, but the way in which the off field standards slipped (particularly in more recent times) combined with the sometimes clueless comments by Arthurs - suggests it was ultimately a failure. Steve Rixon should of been the coach, I would appplaud CA if Lehman gets the job. == == == Sutherland please resign! == == == The timing of the decison is pretty ordinary. If this was club football though - you would bet your bottom dollar Oz would win the first game, (almost always happens in NRL & AFL).

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 24, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

When this sort of crash happens -- and one or two men take the rap for a collective failure to get things heading in the right direction -- the question always arises: who made the appointment(s) in the first place? It's always the same in any field of human activity -- those at the very top are untouchable, like medieval kings. Having said all that, Mikey Arthur was the wrong bloke at this crisis time. In another era he could have been successful. When Ponting & then Mike Hussey left, something else left too: a sense of taking personal responsibility by each player for his commitment on the field & his behaviour off it. The cohesion & ruthlessness apparent under Steve Waugh seems such a long time ago now, doesn't it? As an Englishman, I want to see a competitive Ozzie side playing its part in producing a memorable & close series -- with England beating the best that Oz can offer. That will taste far sweeter than beating a side in disarray.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Lehmann can understand the game. When he was playing, the captain used to consult him. Good choice Ranjan Rodrigo

Posted by David_Bofinger on (June 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Lehmann may well be an excellent candidate. I hope, though, that Australia is, as a matter of policy, considering overseas candidates. A batting coach from the subcontinent, for instance, might be a way to repair Australia's appalling recent record against spin.

sujaybond007, I don't think Gilchrist and Ponting can be candidates yet. Whoever is chosen should have experience coaching at first class and preferably national level. (e.g. coach of a state side and assistant coach of a national side.)

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

It's a good thing Arthur is sent off. I never understood what SA moral has to do with Aussie cricket. It has, however, been given a fair shot and the conclusion can only be that there is no chemistry between players and coach. Michael Clarke's position as captain will have to be reviewed as well. It might be that he's lost player's confidence for the 'homework' incident. It may have much farther reaching consequences. Maybe standing down as captain will have a positive effect on his batting, possible even on his back injury. Darren Lehman may just be what the doctor ordered. Come to think of it: maybe Shane Warne would be a good coach - then he can carry the players to the cricket ground. Hahahaha.

Posted by fanta_panda on (June 24, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Hmmm, seems to me like a knee-jerk reaction. Granted, Australia's recent record (and off-field behaviour) has been relatively poor, but to do this with the Ashes mere days away is rather panicky to me.

I understand that Australia have been having a rough few months and it has come to a head during the Champions Trophy, but I think the timing of this is poor. Bringing in Lehmann as a 'consultant' for the duration of the series would've made the inevitable transition appear far more thought-out.

Instead, this just seems like CA is having a bit of temper tantrum... Good luck, Australia. You're going to need it now more than ever.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Why Aus did this before the Ashes ... Could've done it later or a few months before Ashes ... But Im hppy finally he is leaving Aus ...

Posted by Qudhar on (June 24, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

i hope it wont result in worse results

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Maui3 You are spot on. Boof will be much better, but we must remove Clarke as a selector immediately. He cannot continue to have as much influence over the composition of the team. Players must be happy to play with and FOR each other, with hidden agenda's abounding no-one will play for anyone other than themselves. That is not the way to build a TEAM. The selection panel overseas should be coach, performance manager and touring selector. Game strategy meetings should include Selection Committee, Captain and Vice-Captain. Team meeting led by coach to ensure all are on the one page, then speaking to each individual about their role in the teams plan. Its all simple coaching and team management stuff,but i wonder if it was being kept simple. For example, why would you make players do homework on how to improve the team when you have a coach and a high performance manager? Fingers crossed that boof is allowed to coach the team as he sees fit and get the players back to a unified position.

Posted by ParasK on (June 24, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

This is exactly what was required, first step towards changing the whole situation Australia find themselves in. Everyone in the world knows and expect Australia to play the game the way they use to do it in 90's. Punishing 4 players(2 of them key players) for not doing homework(r u kidding) is something never heard of in sports.

Anyway, here is why I think this will make Ashes much more interesting to watch:

1. Lehmann, hands-on no-nonsense guy will bring in the flavor of cricket(90's) that made Australia a great team

2. Players will not have to fear continuously on homework OR some other things outside cricket, by that I mean, practicing & playing cricket

3. I know it was not even a ODI, forget about Test, but England just tasted worst of their defeats in recent past, it will take some time for them to regroup and give Aus players confidence that they can beat England

Posted by zenboomerang on (June 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Well the "Argus Review" did suggest that coaches & players should be fully accountable for the teams performances & behaviour - but didn't Sutherland & Howard orginally select Arthur as the national coach so shouldn't the buck stop at the top?... After all they fall under that same accountability.

It also sounds like those who should be dropped from this Test series are still hanging around - Warner, Watson spring to mind - with surely the performances in India & Eng showing how out of form some players are...

Posted by Mitty2 on (June 24, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Ah, sooooooo happy and relieved. The only positives I can remember from Australian cricket of late has been the Ashes squad selection, leaving the champions trophy early for more preparation, and this sacking. As a point of comparison, the negatives include everything about David Warner, everything about every batsmen barring Cowan and Rogers, everything about the Indian tour, rotation, Maxwell, Doherty, Glenn Maxwell (did I mention Maxwell?), being bowled out for 111 against a weak county side, the huge lack of team continuity, the huge lack of team ability, the terrible standards set by one mickey Arthur, getting legislation to include this country's fifth best spinner (behind lyon, SOK, Agar and Zampa) and above all, the clueless selections by Inverarity - guess what guys, Maxwell and both the Marsh brothers are in the next A squad!

But these news will appease many. A description of Boof is not needed, he is simply the best man for the job, just look at how he improved Usman.

Posted by sujaybond007 on (June 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

I hope there are no more childish home works for the aussies

Posted by zenboomerang on (June 24, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

@cricketalk - Lehmann wasn't being talked about in the late 1980's as another "Don" neither was his batting style nor has batting averages anywhere near the Don... Darren improved as he got older with his peak being mid to late 90's through to early 00's.

If I was ever to compare Darren (lhb) to anyway great Oz cricketer, it would be Doug Walters (a rhb) as both were more swashbuckling with the bat & both half decent spinners - very handy as fill in bowlers.

@cricinfo - a featured comment - lol...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Mickey come to SA please....

Posted by sujaybond007 on (June 24, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Ponting or Gilchrist would have been a better choice than lehmann but nevertheless he too can be good

Posted by Baundele on (June 24, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

It is not the coach alone, the whole management needs to be replaced.

Posted by Amith_S on (June 24, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@Niraj agree with you, its a bold move but a needed one, the homework saga was going to be the end of Arthur as it didn't make sense. Lehman is the best man for the job.

Posted by Mary_786 on (June 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Good choice, Lehman is the best coach in Australia

Posted by vj_gooner on (June 24, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

I have a very simple question for CA.

What made you opt for a foreign coach in the first place? There are two dozens of good coaches in Oz.

Remember at one point of time, Oz coaches were at the helm of 4 International teams! CA going for a foreign coach was a pure insult to the coaches in Oz.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Tremendous news! Accountability being shown. Bad decisions being reversed. First Rogers and Haddin brought back, now Arthur shown the door. Australia should never lose a test series 4 - 0 without heads rolling.

Lehman is well loved by the players. Got to wonder if Michael Clarke's back problems could galvanise a new leadership group if he misses any tests. But who to captain? Could they bring back Katich?

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (June 24, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

1) This move tells us clearly that CA are not expecting this Australian team to win the Ashes (otherwise they would not have risked replacing the coach 2 weeks before play commences).

2) There was clearly an issue with the Clarke-Arthur leadership that could be seen by most fans who were looking in from a long, long way outside. The sacking of Arthur is a step in the right direction, but I think there will still be problems that will go unaddressed (i.e. Clarke will remain captain and his cronyism will likely continue).

3) The team has been going downhill since McDermott quit as bowling coach - he should be reinstalled immediately (offer him $$$ if needed - we all know CA is cashed up after the rights deal). A spin coach should also be sought to assist Lyon and other young spinners develop.

4) Players like Watson and Warner should be put on notice that they will have to return to state cricket if their performances do not improve.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (June 24, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

Micky is a good person and coach......but if ur plans do not work good, you should step down and make changes.......I think STEVE BAUGH (if he wants)should be good one,,,,,good luck

Posted by garr on (June 24, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

All that matters in test and odi , anyone who appreciates cricket and the building of an innings don't care what Boof's record in the 20/20 rubbish is. Arthur was very ordinary. Good move CA bit late perhaps straight after India more apt. Mr sumie beg and all you fans of the mickeymouse game continue to correlate, teams, players and are solely driven by cash of 20/20,sTrays ate important, standard of batting and concentration levels are decreasing, the blame the 20/20. Give a 3 hour hundred over a 25 ball forty any day.

Posted by Chetan007 on (June 24, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

The problem is with Australian Cricket board. They neither back their player nor their coach. Selection was also not that good. The way some player showed up with A team, they deserved to be with national squad but none of them were given extra run. Arthur was a good coach. He was trying to develop a team from bunch of guys.

Posted by Starboomber on (June 24, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Boof might be the great coach but the playing personnel is not that good...

Posted by Dashgar on (June 24, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Good move. Sutherland has clearly had enough. Don't be surprised if we see some more changes. This ashes may go badly but it was going to anyway. A major overhaul must occur sooner rather than later.

Posted by Maui3 on (June 24, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Now Sack Clarke as Captain and get a new captain in. Something is clearly wrong with Clarke and Arthur. The 'retirement' of Hussey, the discipline issues in India and Warner in England. It looks like the team is not together and Clarke and Arther are not respected for their leadership. The hard part would be to find another captain. As a coach, Lehmann might just be, what Aus need.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 24, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

To be honest the writing was probably on the cards once he Criticised the boards decision to punish Warner. However you would have thought that he would have been kept in place for the Ashes, then quietly removed after the event.

You also have to question what else has occurred in the Australian camp that hasnt been reported.

Best of luck to Lehmann, hes going to need it, he may be able to galvanise the team but hes got an uphill battle.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

Way to Go CA !! Move is bold but much needed.

Posted by DragonCricketer on (June 24, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

I think this will do the trick. I think Aussies will win. Lehmann is a legend and well respected by players. I think Aussie bowlers will fire. In particular, Bird and Ryan. I have money on Hughes and Rogers as the top Aussie scorers. Pity we didnt have a second young batsman that had entrenched himself in the team as an alternative captain, !! Maybe Clarke is too matey with the players.

Posted by C.Gull on (June 24, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

This move surprises me but I agree with it. Mickey never sounded like he was on top of the job; more like he was grateful just to have it. Bring in a senior Aussie coach with smarts, confidence and gravitas and watch the immediate performance improvement. The underachievers in the team will be dealt with swiftly and either improve or ship out.

Posted by Yarms on (June 24, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

No more nails required in the Australian coffin.. The Lid firmly shut for a 10 nil trashing over the next 12 months

Posted by Seaking_alpha on (June 24, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

What was the trigger here? I mean surely CA would have known if Arthur was their Ashes coach or not before the shipped them to the Isles. Someone tell me that his Ashes tenure was not dependent on Australia winning the Champions Trophy.

Posted by D-Ascendant on (June 24, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

I for one applaud Cricket Australia's very, very brave decision.

Sutherland & Co. had a choice -- watch the team stumble into the Ashes, with team morale and discipline plummeting, and a coach unable to do a thing about it; or act quickly and decisively and try to get things in order ASAP. They chose the latter, and they deserve the credit.

I get the feeling Australia has a number of talented young players, but they need help in realizing their full potential, and a firm hand to guide them. Lehmann, with his old-school approach is more likely to offer them that than Mickey did.

Finally, Boof himself is in a great space. Do badly, and he will be excused for not having been given much time. Do well, and his reputation is going to go through the roof.

All in all, it sets up a really interesting Ashes. I'm actually starting to look forward to it again.

Posted by Shridharan.S on (June 24, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

Darren Lehmann is a good choice and may well guide Australia to Ashes victory if appointed.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

The problem exactly lies in the Aussies selectors. Why do they select 4 openers for a test tour in a sub continent? Openers are generally know to fall prey to spinners and that too India making the openers bat in the middle order is meaningless and it's like creating your own problems. Even when Ponting has left the team no apt stable replacement was made and added to that they have asked Hussey to retire. Further they have pushed aside, Katich, the man in form. This is totally ridiculous. Also, the selectors have not encouraged promising players like Peter Forrest and Usman Khawaja. The selectors and the management need to be patient and should instil confidence in a bunch of 20 players. No point in simply keeping the discipline in the team. The Aussies are not a bunch of school people. At this moment they need a mentor of the likes of Ponting or Gilchrist to groom the young men. Players of the likes of Taylor, Slater, Hussey, Waugh brothers have become extinct.

Posted by stickboy on (June 24, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Whoa! That seems pretty harsh to do this right now. I don't think Arthur was a great coach, but jeez, wait until the Ashes is finished at least guys. I hope this doesn't distabalise the team. Then again, AFL teams seem to always have a winning streak as soon as their coach gets fired, so who knows...

I am a HUGE fan of Boof's though, so I would LOVE him to be our coach! I believe he has been involved in coaching for a long time now, going back to his state playing days - a junior South Australian state batsman informed me. I think he's definitely the right man and deserves it after selectors gave him far too limited chances batting for Australia. In fact I wish he was still in our current squad.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 24, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Why not apply for SL coaching post ? He has a good track record . SL mgmt shud be very sharp in grabbing him soon before he applies for Bangladesh .

Posted by LePom on (June 24, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Not sure if this is a knee jerk reaction or the ultimate in pragmatism. Are CA taking a long term strategic view, effectively giving away the current ashes series as no more than a bedding in of the new coach with the ultimate goal being a shot at winning the ashes back at home? Certainly you would not replace a coach this close to a series you were either hopeful or expectant of winning, and the chances of a new coach turning around a side expected to lose in such a short time frame are slim at best. That is unless there is some major behind the scenes scandal that has not broken yet. I wonder if the line from Arthur, minimizing the punch throwing incident, might have been a sign that he knew the axe was close to falling, and making a desperate bid for player support. It certainly was at odds with his hard stance on homework. All this is very entertaining for any non-Australian fans.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

Who is Lehman??? Whats his achievements?? He even could not led any IPL club class team,, how he will coach whole team???

Its the team who needs a makeover not coach,,,Coach willnever go on 22 yard and play for a country,,, its the 11 players who has to make it happen. This is same case like SA team,, they played fab cricket in IPL but could not do for country,,,,,

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

NO difference. Winning the Big Bash(Briabane Heat) and IPL (2009) isn't going to lift the T20 spirit to Test level!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

I strongly feel that the Cricket Australia are looking for instantaneous results. They keep on shuffling players and this creates an unsecured feeling among the players about their position in the team. Look at ODI team. There are no players other than Bailey to stabilize the innings. The ODI lot are a batch of hitters and nobody can turn into the defensive mode. Like how England and South Africa have Trott and Amla at the top of their order to play off the new ball. In the ODI side they need players who can shift gears smoothly. They seriously need Peter Forrest in their line up. Another major thing which needs to be addressed is they keep on shuffling players. They try out openers in the middle order and they expect positive results. In the Indian tour they have tried out 4 openers in the top 4 places. That's why they get the negative results. Major mantras for the Aussies are: have a consistent batting line up, instil confidence in the players (mainly Watson) and have PATIENCE.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (June 24, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

Once again, if Cricket Australia had listened to most of the comments here on cricinfo, Micky would never have been coach in the first place. It was obvious he wasn't up for the job. I don't see why Tim Coyle couldn't have been coach though. He is available and has the habit of getting the best out of his players as both a coach as well as selector. Likewise, most of us had been saying all along that Ahmed was a waste of time and that Agar was a much better player, but cricinfo had some crazy ideas. I should also note that these same people have been screaming for O'Keefe to be the spinner, but alas the team management/selectors appear to be missing again what's right under their noses.

Posted by Dr.Scott on (June 24, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

I think that Darren Lehmann was going to be coach at some stage.

The timing though of sacking Mickey Arthur is a bit strange.

Certainly a brave decision but maybe a stupid one. It might just be throwing a talented coach into a position with no real chance of success and ruin him for good.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 24, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Let the Aussies bring in whom ever they want. It would still be a tough ask to win the Ashes. There was nothing wrong with Mickey, it was the Aussie players' that let the team down. The coach can only do so much with such a dysfunctional bunch. Now they are hoping on a Pakistani spinner to win them the Ashes. England may not be good in limited overs cricket, but they are still a very good test match side. Wonder what Michael Vaughan has to say about this new story; just started following him on twitter, and he surely loves to wind up the Aussies.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

This is a fruitless pursuit of a silver bullet. No coach can save this team. Absolute discord. Total disarray. For the aussies ,there is a whitewash awaiting them at the hands of the poms.

Posted by AhmedEsat on (June 24, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

There's no point in wasting more time with the wrong coach. The long term success of Australian cricket is dependent on enlightened leadership NOW! This is a brave but good move.

Posted by CSpiers on (June 24, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

This should help the Aussie's to not have a choking Saffer at the helm. Regardless of timing this can only mean good things, Darren Lehmann is a good coach with a great cricket brain.

Posted by paapam on (June 24, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Would'nt be surprised if Clark follows soon enough. Only tonnes of runs and decent fitness can save him. Why do I see a Simpson-like interim captain before Watson takes over!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

better late than never, if we look before the time arthur took over same players were playing really good cricket atleast in odis.

Posted by trumpoz on (June 24, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

Mickey Arthur is a great coach - he is just the wrong coach for Australia at this point in history.

Darren Lehmann is the right man for the job at this time - hands-on, old-school approach. He also has thousands of runs behind him in a very long state and an international career that should have started a lot earlier. Looking forward to seeing him bring a hard-nosed edge back to the Australian team.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

It is a pity they have decided to make Arthur the scapegoat when the issue is clearly with the players. The coach can't be held responsible for the actions of the players off the field and those actions are a clear indication that it is the players who need to pull their socks up.

Posted by Sadip on (June 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Gr8 news....As a Coach, he has let the team down with performance...though brave move just ahead of Ashes but still a good one.. Hope Lehmann will take his place and take the inexperienced team to clinch the Ashes title...!!

Posted by harry414 on (June 24, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

At the end of the tunnel you finally see the light, the Darren Lehman had taken Deccan charges to clinch the trophy sometime back, kings XI almost qualified playing with a bunch of oldies and unripe crickets just finding their way in the big stage, a good record with Queensland and Australia A, an excellent track record with good age to blend in with the current lot, I was hoping that someone from just bygone era would be useful with the team's current mindset and approach.definitely expecting SOME success from Lehman.

Posted by Aussie_Cricket on (June 24, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

Well the predictable happened.. the coach gets sacked. They had to make a statement although the timing is not all that great. Why do the players get off so light though? In particular Warner. The guy goes out drinking the night after a loss, punches another player and gets suspended, all this after recently being getting a slap on the wrist for the tweets. As of the India fiasco, not a single member of our current team should be given any leniency in the face of dissent, none of them are good enough to get that. Warner should've been made to spend a year cooling his heels in the first class system as an example to the rest. Absolute double standard.

Posted by sifter132 on (June 24, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Seems a little harsh for poor Mickey. I feel Aussies have really only had one bad series under Arthur - 4-0 vs India. Otherwise, SA were flattered by their 1-0 series win last summer, they flattened India 4-0 at home a year and a half ago. And ODIs and T20s are pretty random these days because the teams are so closely matched, can't really fault Arthur for losing the #1 ODI rank under his watch - was going to happen sooner or later...

Bottom line is, I just don't think Aussies are going to get any higher without better players. In that way Lehmann seems a good fit, Australia has young talented batsmen who just can't get going internationally - Lehmann seems ideally placed in that regard, he'll be speaking from experience.

Posted by VSDADV on (June 24, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Its probably a good decision...I also think Clark is not a captaincy material. He is a very good player, but his man management skills are poor. Considering the recent issues with Watson and Warner and not to forget, the issues he had with Symonds, his removal as captain should also be considered as well. You cannot treat grownups like school kids, which is what exactly happened in the case if Watson and Symonds.

Posted by HatsforBats on (June 24, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Disarray? I don't think so. The background staff and team plans are still in place, only the final XI needs to be identified. Is it ideal? Definitely not. But finally many of us Aus supporters have got what we wished for, and it confirms thoughts that Arthur's appointment was ill-considered and ill-fated. Good luck Boof; at least Khawaja will have one selectors vote.

Posted by the_blue_android on (June 24, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

It took about 2 years for CA to see through Arthur's hogwash which I was able to see it in week 1. But Arthur has made his money with 0 contribution and he can now retire comfortably. Rebuilding of CA starts now after a wastage of 2 years.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

Guthers007, you are correct. We don't have the players to win. We don't have the strength in captaincy either. No faulting Clarke's batting efforts, which have been brilliant, but he does not seem to have strength in leadership. (See India. See David Warner still on Ashes tour). Arthurs going is a great start. I'd like to see new selectors, Pat Howard gone and Sutherland retired. To reverse a trend will require action. We have been trending rather poorly.

Posted by slow.mo on (June 24, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Wow! This is very unAustralian like.Nevertheless a right move but in a wrong time.

Posted by samgannon22 on (June 24, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

Thank God and good riddance! The appointment of Arthur was a debacle from the beginning.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

At least Khawaja will get a game now

Posted by kingkarthik on (June 24, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

Arthur sacked by CA for not doing his homework?

Posted by satishchandar on (June 24, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

Sacking Arthur is a welcome move but certainly not 3 weeks before the Ashes.. Had they done this same way just after the Indian tour or before Champions trophy, it would have been a great change.. Now, the team will be in a confused state.. Saying that, wouldn't rule out the new energy induced into the team in the form of Lehmann.. His man management skills are next to none..

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

Australia needs a new approach. Their coaching is too hackneyed and insipid. Game is changing rapidly, it has thrown up new challenges. I suggest that Australia try coaches for Asian countries. Australia had an opportunity to hire Waqar Younis as a bowling coach and they did not select him. They need fresh thinking. Darren Lehman may be a disciplinarian, but he is not going infuse fresh approach.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

Wrong person sacked, get rid of Sutherland and any who feel loyalty to him. He's overseen the crumbling and decaying joke that has become australian cricket from a truly dominant force. But coaches are easy to sack, especially when they talk a little bit differently. Well done ACB, did the West Indies decline go unnoticed by you? However i do agree that boof could make an excellent coach

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Good decision. CA does not consider Ashes to be that important in cricket world these days and decided to move on from the relic and with the times.

Posted by Romenevans on (June 24, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

Finally a good decision. Let's get in the park and play some cricket, you can't win matches on analysis. computers, presentations and home works.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

And the turmoil continues. This is a period of Australian cricket that is in a deep slide and will only stop with a win. A win which seems impossible on this tour in England. Folks, look for more shocking surprises as this is the tip of the ice burg. Will Clarke be at the helm of this side at the end of the summer? Will Watson still be a part of this team in the near future?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Cricket Australia makes BCCI look like a perfect organization.

Posted by SeanB on (June 24, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Great move by CA. Now, let go of non-performing players like Warner too, and pick players who do well in domestic cricket, regardless of age.

Posted by Guthers007 on (June 24, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

So how much did this sacking cost CA? I guess we will never know, but one thing is for sure, it wont help Australian win the Ashes Series; we simply do not have good enough players!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Congrats & let's go D. Lehmann! If I have ever seen a ready made Test No. 5 in waiting it is D.Warner (hope you agree). That would make a left/right lead line up of: Cowan <Rogers>/ Watson Hughes Clarkey Warner <Usman/Faulkner @7 or 8> *depending on conditions Hadds + the bowlers. We could be declaring at 4/450 if heads are kept cool and eyes down.

Our bowlers are the equal/superior to theirs with ample scope for condition-dependant selections: Bird as Alderman type for eg. Watch our lad Lyon play all over Swan - Nathan is taller, loopier & now, post 3rd test India, better!! Bring it on boys! & great to see we now have the Coach who can, and will, take us to victory.

Posted by aclarity on (June 24, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

WI should learn from Aussies. In business and in sport results matter. People are replaceable. WI should fire the selectors.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

@ Luke Hantzis...I think it is only of any real negative significance because of what the media (particularly the Enlgish) will make of it. The English Media will portray this as part of an endless downward spiral for a hapless Aussie team however the players will just be focused on playing well in the warm up games despite who is coaching them. I would imagine that Lehmann will be the obvious candidate as the transition from Australia A to Australia will be relatively seamless given that many of the players are the same. Lehmann's influence on our batting unit could mean that they all start to play more positively and with less fear; trusting more their natural ability however this will take time for his alternate coaching style (alternate to Dour Sth African Hardman) to bear fruit.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Great move but as usual not enough. Get rid of Pat Howard and his rotation policy as well. Send Warner home and get the team back to basics.Bring back the fielding coach.And let Lehmann get on with his old school approach and get this team back on track.Lehmann can show them how to craft an innings when it is hard instead of this lets smash our way out of trouble and try to hit every ball over the fence. But it may be to little time to do this

Posted by bleedingice on (June 24, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Tom Moody is also a good choice along with John Wright , Australian cricket needs to figure things out before its too late

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

I think Australia should stop hiring these bits and pieces players with limited International Experience and First class records as coaches. Instead they should hire veterans who has seen and played with the best. Remember how Simpson and Border changed a bunch of losers to a team of champions. Head Coach of an International team definitely need to have some experience.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 24, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

I think that Tom Moody is the man. I always prefer a national coach who is from the same country, if possible, and Mickey Arthur, being South African, just didn't fit well. The homework scandal was all his doing and it has just gone downhill from there. That kind of uber discipline might work in South Africa but here in Australia we'd rather have a bit of fun. Lehmann would be good too and looks likely to get the nod but I'd much prefer Moody. For anyone not paying attention, Moody has the best record of any coaching candidates.

Posted by kensohatter on (June 24, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Australia are a mess at present. Michael Vaughan was 100% accurate in his article that stated something was seriously wrong. The players are undisciplined, guys like mcdermott and langer are giving up their 'dream coaching jobs' and blokes like Hussey and to a lesser extent ponting are retiring with a good year left in them. The state of Aussie cricket is depressing I suppose to all except the poms who must be super pumped for a domination of australian cricket like never seen before.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

I hope this helps.The dour South African hard man approach doesnt seem to suit the more lighthearted yet eternally optimistic culture of Australia where personal responsibility and natural consequences of failure trump a paternalistic disciplinarian approach to leadership. Bring on the imaginative, innovative 'Boof'' to loose the shackles on our talented batsmen.It could be considered quite inciteful that Nic Maddinson prospered playing naturally against Gloucestershire whilst the 'Arthur Coached' Hughes and Khawaja failed to fire. Good gutsy call to make a couple of weeks out to give the incumbent(99% it is Lehmann) enough time to settle in.The transition from Australia A to Australia couldnt be that much different anyhow as a lot of the faces are the same! Lehmann too could quite possibly influence selection for the better and hopefully spruik for the inclusion of Chadd Sayers to the squad to cover the poor selection of a not quite ready for test cricket Mitchell Starc.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Aussie cricket is in a shambolic state. RIP Australian cricket.

Posted by boehj on (June 24, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

This is absolutely classic stuff.

Posted by deeplongon on (June 24, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Lehman if appointed will be seen as the very first step in the rebuilding of Australian Cricket's international reputation as winners and professional sportsmen.

Steps 2 on will be: dump Warner, Watson, Hughes, Cowan, Wade. (Rationale ranges from skill levels, performances and attitude.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

Take a bow Cricket Australia. The meticulous preparation for the Ashes is second to none. Such a well oiled and smooth operation has never before been seen in world sport.

Posted by smokem on (June 24, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

Is James Sutherland teflon-coated? Surely the CEO at the centre of the demise of Australian cricket - who couldn't work out a solution without the Argus review, who is still making a hash of everything since the review - should graciously accept his monumental stuff-ups and take a walk?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Boof is a GREAT move!! Lets hope he brings success to they Aussie tem as he has done with the Bulls!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

Well brave decision by the aussie cricket board but a bit tough one for the players to be accustomed to the new coach which will replace arthur.he was already down the line after 4-0 drubbing by india n the champions trophy brought question mark on his coaching skills.best of luck for the aussies for ashes

Posted by PeterLaunnie on (June 24, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

Tim Coyle should be appointed, full stop.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

Oh, dear. Australia's campaign has just gotten more interesting...

Posted by Julian_Vella on (June 24, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Changing the coach won't help for the Ashes but bringing back Ponting would !!! Send him an SOS and bat him @ 5 or 6 to shield him from the new ball and he will make runs !!!! Surely if his Country he loves so dearly asked for him to return for one last time he would accept ????

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

There was a time when India was the whimsical team and we would look up to the strategic decisions and long-term moves of Aussies and feel real jealous. Man, how the world has turned upside down! Aussies have gone from boring & no drama to the Kardashians ....

Posted by rogan on (June 24, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Poor coaching being the sole cause of Australia's recent poor results, of course.

Perhaps if they put a couple of top order Australian batsmen to the sword as well, it might concentrate the minds of the others. The only aspect of the side going OK is fast bowling (when they do their homework). Fortunately, England will prepare pace friendly pitches for the Ashes... [sound of crickets chirping].

Even on favourable pitches, if Patto and Harris rolled England for 150 or so, I am quite sure our batsmen could get a quick 30 or so. All out.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (June 24, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Great, Now the coach forgot to do the assignments!!!

Posted by landl47 on (June 24, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Good news for Australia. The side has disintegrated under Arthur's 'leadership'. Hopefully whoever takes over, be it Lehmann or anyone else, will be able to bring the team together to mount a typical Aussie scrap for the Ashes.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (June 24, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

Michael Clarke should be next. Clarke is undoubtedly the world's best Test batsman at this stage however as captain, he is poor. Australia's recent 0-4 thumping at the hands of India, loss to SAF at home, weird declarations, over-bowling his fast bowlers, strained relationship with Watson, personal preferences in selection, dictator-type leadership etc etc are not good for the team which looks anxious and tentative under the leadership (Clarke-Arthur) at the moment.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

At last!! Good luck to Boof, I think he will do a great job as new coach of Australia.

Posted by RaadQ on (June 24, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Best move CA has made since hiring him in the first place.

Posted by malomay on (June 24, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Time for James Sutherland to go & take Pat Howard with him. Arthur should never have been appointed. Get someone from our own country with a bit of old school hardness about them......Ponting would be brilliant down the track......Lehmann might do OK for now.

Posted by Dangertroy on (June 24, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Well, go on England fans. Laugh it up. The Ashes has't even started yet.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Thank god. A very good news indeed.

Posted by popcorn on (June 24, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Why? He must have done something enormously wrong to deserve this.

Posted by CricketCoachDB on (June 24, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Blimey, that's a shocker. Having kept faith with him at the end of the Indian tour, surely you have to at least give him the first of the back-to-back Ashes? This just smacks of desperation and panic.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Good decision his. Success in SA was due to a great bunch of Players and this Australia team does not have that kind of talent

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

OMG, noone saw that coming!

Posted by street_smart on (June 24, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

It's still sooner than never. He should be have been sacked much before. Just a worthless coach. BTW did he forgot to complete the homework given by Cricket Australia?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

On a plus note, RandyOZ will be happy, haha. He can't stand "the management".

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

Maybe he didn't do his homework?

Posted by Dave1970 on (June 24, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Timing of the sacking if true is very strange and makes you wonder why it has taken til now do so. The India tour should have been enough to show exactly the goods Arthur was bringing to the table as well as the fact he had been Aus coach since Nov 2011. Perhaps the perceived lack of leadership with players going out til late stems form the coach and not so much from the hierarchy. Lehmann would be an asset but is it too late for the ashes to have an immediate impact. One does wonder where the mark of the Aus Captain is in all this, meaning the Captain use to be the person who took the criticism and defended players accordingly. This appears to be one thing that Clarke is not at doing or being perceived as doing.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

a very good news for all australian fan. new coach will help aussie regain their status in the world cricket. i 'm excited -australian fan from nepal.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (June 24, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

I feel this is unnecessary decision at this crucial time. It will deteriorate things further.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (June 24, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

If only Howard and Sutherland would be falling on their swords too. Throw in Invers as well. Looks to me like they are using Arthurs as a scapegoat to take the pressure off themselves

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

Must have slept on the homework last night.

Posted by DrJ-Detroit on (June 24, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

When will Sutherland, Howard et al be sacked? Who holds them accountable for their poor decisions?

Posted by mikey76 on (June 24, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

This is hilarious. Australia completely in disarray. Not even in the dark old days of the 90's were England this bad! Ignominious exit in the Champs trophy followed by a poor showing against a weak second string county side. Somerset with their high class batting line up could well send this team of clowns packing. If weather is good this summer then a 5-0 whitewash would not be such a wild prediction. On a serious note I dont think Arthur will be missed. Someone like David Copperfield is required to get this team winning again.

Posted by Hammond on (June 24, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

Wow- I didn't realise there were any more wheels to fall off! What a schermozzle..

Posted by Showbags88 on (June 24, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Well while he is at it Sutherland might as well step down from his post as well. He has presided over the downturn in Australian Cricket and has happily stayed in the background playing his fiddle while Rome was burning around him.

I think Arthur was a major disappointment as coach (just seemed like another yes man) but I still think he should of been given this Ashes Series before the axe came.

Hopefully they appoint Darren Lehmann as coach. He seems the right type of coach to mould the dressing room together and hopefully get their minds focused on Cricket not petty locker room infighting.

Posted by wix99 on (June 24, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Did anyone see this coming? I think most people knew that Australia's Ashes preparations were not going as well as expected, but I didn't see any reports suggesting the coach had lost support. Anyway Darren Lehmann would be an excellent choice to replace Arthur.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

No surprises there, Mr "We have the best bowling attack in world cricket" Arthur falling foul of his own delusions and failures as Aussie coach. Back to the drawing board, Australia.

Posted by Sarthik on (June 24, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

Wow.... Now, who wasn't expecting this?? Maybe, Arthur himself!! Probably the best move from ACB in a long time... One's got to wonder the timing of this with so much pride and glory at stake!!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

Looks like a job for Darryl Lehmann.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Clearly he forgot to hand his homework in on time.

Posted by tintaman on (June 24, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Oh wow. Before this I was looking forward to a highly competitive series. I was expecting England to come out on top (whether through a draw or a win), but hopeful of some good performances. Now I'm thinking 10-0 really isn't out of the question.....

Posted by Robster1 on (June 24, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Only the timing is any real surprise. At least there are direct flights from London back to Joburg. No loss there for the Aussies.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Well....looks like Australia's Ashes preparation has gone from unsatisfactory to downright shambolic.

Posted by mahesh8811 on (June 24, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

i was waiting long time to hear this. the cult is over now.

Posted by Webba84 on (June 24, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Whoa! I suppose at this point nothing is unexpected.

Posted by Chris_P on (June 24, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

The news doesn't surprise me, the timing does. Good luck to Boof.

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