Mickey Arthur admits ‘part of him’ had hoped for Oz to lose to England in winter

Sydney, Apr 2: Sacked Australian coach Mickey Arthur has admitted that a part of him was hoping the Australians would lose against England over the winter.

Arthur was famously sacked just two weeks out from the start of the other Ashes series last year, held in England, a decision that shocked the cricketing world and sparked a bitter fallout between the South African board and Cricket Australia.

According to News.com.au, Arthur admitted that as Australia romped towards an Ashes victory during the third Test in Perth, where Arthur lives and was working as a radio commentator, a part of him wanted his former pupils to lose, although he later backtracked, saying he wanted Michael Clarke and Shane Watson to get runs.

The timing of Arthur’s comments is also notable given the England Cricket Board (ECB) is ramping up its search for the new England head coach role, for which Arthur has previously hinted he would be interested in, the report added. (ANI)