Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has arrived back in England saying that while he may have learnt from his time in charge of Australia and it will not alter his fundamental approach to the job.
Arthur’s last tour of England saw him sacked as Australia coach just weeks before the start of the 2013 Ashes following the team’s first round exit from the ICC Champions Trophy.
Now the major challenge for Arthur is to get the best out of a talented Pakistani squad that includes Mohammad Amir, with the left-arm pacer set to return in Test Cricket at Lord’s next month since the 2010 spot-fixing scandal which led to five-year bans and jail terms for him, new-ball partner Mohammad Asif and then captain Salman Butt.
Arthur, speaking at Hampshire’s headquarters ground where the Pakistan squad were training on Monday, believes he has absorbed the lessons of his Australia exit, even if he is unhappy with the way it was portrayed in public.
“You go back and analyse and think about it, and I’ve obviously learnt a hell of a lot from that experience,” said Arthur.
“But I haven’t changed my style, because I don’t think you could compromise on what you think is the right way to work … on your core values and principles.”
“I am sick and tired of talking about ‘homework-gate’, and the way it’s been reported is totally way off the pace of what happened.” added the 48-year old.
The rest of the world has always been in awe of the sheer depth of natural cricket talent in Pakistan and after spending some time with the squad and noticing the players from close quarters, Arthur is no exception.
“It has been an eye opener,” he said. “The skill levels the Pakistan team have are unbelievable.
“The ability to do things the other two (international) teams I’ve coached couldn’t do is incredible.”
“What the other teams (South Africa and Australia) had was fitness levels, structures and self-discipline in knowing their own game.” Arthur added.
“I’m trying to get patience into the skills. I was watching Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan yesterday (Sunday) — and they went outswinger, outswinger, inswinger — I said just hold those lines a little bit longer.
“The patience isn’t where the other teams are, but the skill levels are higher. I’m trying to bring that patience to the skill levels and together you’ll have something very very good.”