England close in on coach Arthur after he resigns from Pakistan duties
Mickey Arthur, the favourite to replace England Cricket’s head coach Trevor Bayliss, has moved a step closer to joining England after it was announced that Pakistan are not renewing the South African’s contract.
Bayliss was integral in England’s recent World Cup win but The Ashes will be his final series as head coach. The Australian will take the reins at Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad when his contract expires later this summer.
This follows a growing trend of experienced coaches opting to manage T20 franchises rather than swelter under the spotlight of the international stage.
Arthur’s glowing CV includes coaching his South African side to a shock 4-1 series win in Australia to become the No. 1 One-Day International Side. The 51-year-old, who also has experience at T20 franchise sides, led Pakistan to their first ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and has helped them to retain their No. 1 T20 status ever since.
While Arthur’s success in white ball cricket is formidable, it will be interesting to see how he tackles England’s recent slump as a Test side if appointed as head coach.
With England legends Paul Collingwood and Ashley Giles also reportedly in the running for the hotseat, it will be interesting to see whether the World Cup champions stick with their policy of appointing experienced foreign coaches or take a gamble on a fan favourite.