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Pakistan's tour of Australia is not about me - Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur was disappointed with the treatment handed too him by Cricket Australoa during his term as head coach
Mickey Arthur was disappointed with the treatment handed too him by Cricket Australoa during his term as head coach
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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur wants the focus to remain on the game ahead of the three-match Test series against Australia which begins in Brisbane on 15th December.

This will be Arthur's first visit down under ever since he was sacked as the coach of the Australian team before the 2013 Ashes series.

Knowing how dangerous Australia can be on their own backyard, Arthur has his task cut out in plotting the downfall of Steven Smith's men.

"This series isn't about me against Australia," Arthur told reporters. "It's about two very good cricket teams going head-to-head and I hope that can be the focus for the remainder of the tour for that is what it is."

The 48-year-old also admitted that he was disappointed with the treatment handed to him by Cricket Australia.

"Of course there's a part of me that feels that. I'd not be honest if I say otherwise.

"I always maintain that I loved the first year and a bit of it, it was outstanding and I felt we made some significant progress."

The former South African coach's knowledge on the Australian players and the conditions will prove handy for Pakistan but Arthur insisted that strategies can become pointless if it is not implemented properly.

"We'll be providing a whole lot of information... but the information is useless unless you put it into practice," he said.

Australian speedster Mitchell Starc has already fueled the tensions between the sides by stating that the team is more comfortable with Darren Lehmann and Arthur was quick to respond.

"It's actually great to hear," Arthur said. "I'm not beating around the bush when I say the team wasn't very close during those times, but that was because of different characters.

"It was a largely insecure time for the players as well because there was a lot of changes that was coming about..."

Apart from the three Tests, Pakistan are also scheduled to play five One-Day Internationals between 13th and 26th January.

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