Sydney, 25 June: The firing of Mickey Arthur was hailed today as the wakeup call Australia so badly needed to fight for the Ashes against England.
Darren Lehmann was appointed the new coach of the Australia cricket team Monday ahead of the first Test in Nottingham on July 10 following a series of embarrassing on and off-field incidents ”This should bring a sharp focus to the players who enter this series as rank outsiders,” said The Daily Telegraph’s chief cricket writer Malcolm Conn. “The sacking of Mickey Arthur as coach is the wakeup call Australia desperately need a fortnight from the Ashes.”
Arthur himself was treated well by the Australian media with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation noting he “took it on the chin” and the Telegraph calling him a good coach.
“His failing was that he was too nice a bloke,” the Sydney daily said.
“This is the fault of the players. They are either not good enough, not working hard enough or both.”
The Sydney Morning Herald said the South African, Australia’s first foreign coach, had “paid a heavy price for Australia’s recent inept performances”, noting they had not won a game in more than four months.