Arthur prepared to listen to an offer from England


Former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur disagrees with Mathew Hayden and feels the England coaching job could be a 'wonderful opportunity' and he would listen if an offer was made to him.

Hayden, a former Australia opening batsman, said on Wednesday that anyone taking on the head coaching role of the England team would be 'crazy' with all the chaos currently happening on and off the field.

But Arthur says the Three Lions just need a strong coach with good leadership skills to turn the fortunes of the team around.

Arthur tod the BBC: "I think what England needs is someone to take things by the scruff of the neck and lead the team. The team is looking for leadership and direction. The team is looking for stability.

"Anybody who can do that right now for England will have a really good chance of success. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for a coach. To be honest I'd certainly listen to it and have a conversation around it."

When asked what he thought about the continued absence of Kevin Pietersen from the England team, Arthur said: "Certainly England are a weaker team without having Kevin Pietersen in their top six."