TEST newcomer Shaun Marsh says former South Africa supremo Mickey Arthur would make a great cricket coach of Australia if he decided to take on the role.
Australia is on the lookout for a new coach after Tim Nielsen stepped down following the 1-0 Test series win over Sri Lanka.
With a tour of South Africa on the horizon, Australia may be forced to appoint an interim coach while officials search for a full-time replacement.
Arthur, who is in hissecond year of a three-year contract with Western Australia, is settled in Perth but said he would consider taking on the Australian gig.
Steve Rixon, Justin Langer and Tom Moody are others in line for the head role.
Marsh believed Arthur would excel in the position if he decided to apply for the job.
“He’s a fantastic coach. I’ve loved working with him at WA,” Marsh said after he arrived back in Perth on Wednesday.
“He’s certainly helped my game out a lot and I’m sure if he put his hat in the ring, I’m sure he’d do a great job.
“He’s got a very good cricket brain. You can sit down and talk to him about cricket all day.
“He communicates to his players very well. He’s just an all-round nice guy.
“He was a great international coach for South Africa. I couldn’t speak more highly of the guy.
“But I’m pretty sure that his main priority at the moment is WA cricket. He wants up to perform very well this summer.”
Marsh broke through for his long-awaited Test debut in the second Test against Sri Lanka when Ricky Ponting flew home for the birth of his second child.
The 28-year-old made the most of his chance, posting 141 on debut before adding scores of 81 and 18 in the third and final Test.
Marsh’s elegant century in the second Test saw him hold his spot at No.3 even when Ponting returned to the side.
But the Warriors left-hander said he doesn’t mind where he bats in the future – just so long as he remains in the Test side.
“To bat No.3 with Punter being in the side was a massive honour,” Marsh said.
“I guess it’s a great opportunity for me now to try and cement it and just work hard and hopefully stay in the team.
“I’ll bat anywhere in the Test team … it doesn’t bother me one little bit.
“I’m just enjoying being around the guys.
“I’m learning so much off them. It’s just a lot of fun playing Test cricket for your country, it’s the pinnacle. It’s somewhere where I want to be.”