Former South African and Australian coach Mickey Arthur has said that the humiliating series loss to India simply shattered the confidence of the South African batsmen. Arthur spoke about the after effects of the long tour of India after the Proteas were blown away by the English bowlers in the Durban test.

Arthur was also the coach of Australia in early 2013 when the Kangaroos were whitewashed 4-0 by MS Dhoni’s India. “The wickets in India are extremely difficult and you can see how the entire batting order lost self-confidence. The same happened to Australia in India during my last tour with them there. We had exactly the same pitches there, which Australian and South African batsmen struggle with,” Arthur said.

Reacting on AB De Villiers taking up the wicketkeeper’s gloves, Arthur stated, “The temptation to use AB as the wicketkeeper is always huge, because it places you in a position to choose an extra player.” “De Villiers is the best batsman in the world and you render him less effective as a batsman by giving him this additional role,” Arthur added.

“They are good, experienced players and it’s high time that they played their part,” said Arthur about batsmen Faf Du Plessis and JP Duminy, who struggled in the test series against India. “A good opening partnership reduces the pressure on all the other batsmen and also improves the rest of the batting order,” Arthur concluded. 

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