My Cricket Inspiration...Mickey Arthur on Barry Richards - Cricket World TV
Mickey Arthur tells us that his idol growing up was legendary South African batsman Barry Richards and that he always wanted to bat like the great man.
Richards played just four Tests before South Africa's isolation from international sport deprived him of a full international career. However, his record and the impression he made on those who saw him play, is remarkable.
In first-class cricket, he scored 28,358 runs with 80 centuries at an average of 54.74, playing in South Africa as well as with Gloucestershire and Hampshire in England and South Australia in Australia.
"My idol was always Barry Richards," former South Africa and Western Australia head coach Arthur told us, speaking to us before heading off the Caribbean Premier League - the biggest party in cricket - where he now coaches the Jamaica Tallawahs.
"I grew up in Durban, Barry Richards was playing for Natal so I always watched Barry Richards and wanted to bat like him.
"He was my idol growing up."
Richards also played 233 one-day games, scoring 8,506 runs at an average of 40.12 with 16 centuries.
He also took 85 wickets in all formats of the game and although his Test career was cruelly cut short, he still managed to score 508 runs in four games against Australia with two centuries and two half-centuries.
It was a loss to cricket loss that that South African team weren't able to play beyond 1970 but at least Richards was able to continue playing in South Africa and abroad, inspiring cricketers of the future like Arthur.
Arthur himself played 110 first-class matches and 150 one-day games between 1986 and 2000 as an opening batsman before becoming a successful coach.
He led South Africa to the summit of the Test and One-Day Internationals rankings before moving on to Western Australia, then taking charge of Australia and more recently Jamaica Tallawahs.
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