Sydney: Beleaguered Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur today deleted his Twitter account after being continuously ridiculed by fans in the wake of the team's woeful run in India, especially the humiliating loss in the Mohali Test that cost the team the series - the best ever result by India against Oz.
"Thanks Twitter, has been fun but deleting my account now! Thanks to all the genuine supporters out there," said Arthur on Twitter today, a day after Australia lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The Aussies are trailing 0-3 in the four-match series, beaten by six wickets in the just-concluded third Test. They would be desperate to avoid a whitewash when they take the field for the fourth Test in Delhi starting Friday.
Arthur's Twitter page has several messages from users, lampooning him, and one of them reads, "Hey Mickey Mouse @MickeyArthur do you have enough quicks for 3rd test? Now it's going to be a seamer so I suggest you play 4 spinners...,".
"@MickeyArthur How's the team spirit this morn? Did they all wear the correct uniform? Did Hughes and Warner scrub skippers whites for him?"
The South African's decision to close his account was also greeted with ridiculing comments.
@adam_pearce13 said, "It's about time you focus on the cricket anyway."
Another, @willderen tweeted to Arthur, "You're an idiot.", @MarkCooper said "you suck", while @KevinWilde described Arthur's move to delete his account as "weak".
Arthur, who guided South Africa to the top of the ICC rankings, has endured a rather tough tenure with the Aussies, who have gone from being invincible to a vulnerable team in transition.