Mickey Arthur puts hand up for England job

The back-to-back Ashes tours started more than seven months ago in the UK with Mickey Arthur sensationally sacked as Australian coach.

And now 25 internationals later, the consecutive series have ended with Arthur putting his hand up to fill the coaching vacancy for England in an incredible 180 degree shift.

During a commentary stint on the BBC for Sunday’s final T20 international in Sydney, Arthur hinted he would be throwing his hat in the ring to take over from Andy Flower.

Should Arthur be appointed for his third international coaching position, in extraordinary circumstances, he would be preparing England to battle Australia in another Ashes series in 2015.

It would appear England’s limited overs coach Ashley Giles is in the box seat to take over as Test coach but, after their 5-0 Ashes humiliation, the ECB have said they will consider all options.

Arthur had a successful tenure in charge of South Africa before taking over the Australian team in late 2011.

However, appointing Arthur would be a gamble after his time in charge of Australia ended in disaster last year.

After overseeing Australia’s 4-0 whitewash at the hands of India, which included the homeworkgate fiasco, Arthur then led a failed campaign at the Champions Trophy.

Then just over two weeks before the Ashes were due to start, he was sacked and replaced by Darren Lehmann.

Cricket Australia suggested Arthur hadn’t been strong enough to stop a negative culture grip the national team.

Arthur left on good terms, before things turned bitter when he took Cricket Australia to the Fair Work Commission, demanding $4 million in compensation for his sacking.

CA and Arthur ultimately came to a settlement.

Flower stood down as England coach on Saturday, and could move into a development role with the ECB.

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