Oz coach Arthur can't wait to trounce former team Proteas

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 09:07 hrs

Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur has said he can't wait to face his former team South Africa in their World Cup Super Eight clash on Sunday and in the Test series in November.

Arthur said the World T20 is a big tournament and is being treated with the utmost respect by the Australian camp. There's no doubt the chance to take Test cricket's No.1 ranking from the side he used to coach is a huge motivation.

"I've done a massive amount of pre-prep on the Test tour. I actually can't wait for that to start. I thought that would be the first encounter with South Africa, but we'll have a Twenty20 before the main event," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur, as saying.

"It was interesting seeing the guys in the hotel. I haven't seen them for two-and-a-half years since I left South Africa, so, I wasn't 100 per cent sure how I'd react," he added.

"It was great. All the friendships are still there, but there's a steely determination to knock them over, and I think, there is going to be that edge building up in the week, between them and me. You always like to beat the team you've been with for so long, and I do feel that edge," he said.

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