Arthur eager to 'get one over' Proteas
Australia coach Mickey Arthur is gearing up for a showdown against his former team as the Baggy Greens prepare to face South Africa in the three-Test series in November, and says he would love to 'get one over' his old proteges.
Arthur has been in charge of Australia since 2010 after leaving the Proteas under difficult circumstances, having fallen out with Cricket South Africa. But he holds no animosity towards the players, and is looking forward to an old-fashioned battle against the top Test side.
The South African told the Sydney Morning Herald: "It's going to be a massive series for me emotionally and for the team. A, it takes us to No.1 in the world if we win it and, B, I really would love to get one over South Africa...
"It's always that way when you've coached a side and you've watched them progress; I guess you always like to come back and beat that team. It won't affect any preparation, it's just that personally it's a big series."
He continued: "I think I can bring input at a different level to what you normally get. Everybody knows how everybody plays but I know each and every one of those players on a personal level.
"I know how strong mentally they are so I think those types of insights that teams have never had before I can certainly give about the South African side."
Arthur admitted that while some may play down the importance of the ICC rankings, he and his players are making it a priority to get back to number one on the Test table.
He said: "The series is not about me or South Africa, it's about Australia getting to No.1 in the world again; that for us is the most important thing. Whether we like it or not - and we say rankings don't mean a massive amount - what they do is show how you're tracking as a team.
"For us to get so soon into Michael's and my tenure together to be able to have a go at the No.1 ranking in Test cricket is a massive opportunity for us.
"We've just got to make sure that we're playing good cricket for the next 18 months because we've got some massive marquee series - the South Africa series, the India series away and then the Ashes back to back."
The first Test starts in Brisbane on 9 November.