Sydney: Beleaguered Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur deleted his Twitter account on Tuesday after being continuously ridiculed by fans in the wake of the team's woeful Test run in India.
"Thanks twitter, has been fun but deleting my account now! Thanks to all the genuine supporters out there," said Arthur on Twitter, a day after Australia lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Arthur's Twitter page has several messages from users, lampooning him, "Hey Mickey Mouse @MickeyArthur do you have enough quicks for 3rd test? Now it's going to be a seamer so I suggest you play 4 spinners...,".
"@MickeyArthur How's the team spirit this morn? Did they all wear the correct uniform? Did Hughes and Warner scrub skippers whites for him?"
The South African's decision to close his account was also greeted with ridiculing comments.
@adam_pearce13 said, "It's about time you focus on the cricket anyway."
Another, @willderen tweeted to Arthur "You're an idiot.", while @KevinWilde described Arthur's move to delete his account as "weak".
Arthur, who guided South Africa to the top of the ICC rankings, has endured a rather tough tenure with the Aussies, who have gone from being 'invincible' to a vulnerable team in transition.
The Aussies are trailing 0-3 in the four-match series and were beaten by six wickets in the third Test at Mohali. They would be desperate to avoid a brownwash when they take the field for the fourth Test in Delhi starting on Friday.