Aussie coach hopes India to do better in ODIs
"I think we`re going to see a totally different India. There`s no doubt in my mind. They`re definitely hurting. They`ve got players in who bring a huge amount of enthusiasm the likes of (Suresh) Raina, Rohit Sharma," Arthur told reporters ahead of the first Twenty20 here on Wednesday.
"Virat Kohli is a quality players. Players like Ravindra Jadeja bring a huge amount to the side. I`m sure they`re going to come very strong at us."
Arthur took a dig at the Indians for not making enough "friends" or promoting the game thus far in the summer but believed the younger lot would be a force to reckon with in the shorter formats over the next few weeks.
"It`s probably not a way to make friends but that`s their problem. We`re hoping with our good performance we promote it," said Arthur after reporters asked whether the Indians, with their cricket or the way they`ve shied away from media this summer, are actually promoting the game.
Every senior, except Rahul Dravid, has shied away from squaring up to media due to the dismal performance of the team and Sachin Tendulkar`s non-appearance even once has the Australian media frothing in disapproval.
Arthur was keen to put his own younger players through the paces at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. "The boys are going to get fairly flogged today. There`s going to be a good start, we`re going to put our mark in the sand for them. It was really nice meeting a whole new ground of players. It almost refreshed us as a support staff because we`ve been on the road for long with the Test team. To see the crossover and to start working with some other players was really exciting. It energised us a little bit," Arthur said.
"It`s the start of something new. There`s a group of players there that have got first bite at a potential World Cup (spot) in six months time. We want to see what they are all about."
The home Twenty20 squad includes both Shaun and Mitchell Marsh despite the former`s poor form in the four Tests. "If I said he (Shaun Marsh) was fine, I would probably be lying. He has had a tough time of it. But I thought his efforts in the field were fantastic. He never once dragged the dressing room down," he said.
"That`s the type of character we want from the bloke. He will go back and he will score runs and he will be back again. The two brothers get on really well and I know he was rapt for Mitch and Mitch is obviously disappointed for him but they will play together for a long time to come," he added.
Another failure from the Test series, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, has been given a break in the one-day internationals. "I`ve had a good chat to Brad and he knows exactly where he stands, if Brad wants to play on. He feels has a lot to contribute and so do I but like any other player, players need to give us ammunition to keep picking him."
"Haddin has been ticking over. But we need to take two wicketkeepers to the West Indies and we probably have the best two in mind," Arthur said. Arthur was hopeful that Matthew Wade, the replacement for Haddin, would grab his opportunity. I really hope he does because it breeds competition in the squad and as I have always said nobody has a permanent place in the Aussie cricket team."
"I`ve coached against him. The quality he brings is he`s a terrier, a fighter. Unbelievable in two disciplines. We want players who fight. They`re strong of character and Matthew`s got all for that."
With two seniors, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey in the one-day squad, Arthur believed it was time the youngsters were allowed to get grooming from the veterans. "I`ve spoken about increasing our depth pool. We believe again with our batting we know where it could be with no Ricky and no Mike. We need to have a look at other players. Philip Forrest has got an opportunity now for the first three ODIs. There are other young potential batters out there that might get an opportunity," he said. "If young talents knocking the door down domestically, they will be given an opportunity. There`s no closed shop in the Australian cricket," he added.