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South Africa under Smith are resurgent, and KP is quickly erased from Proteas history.
They conquer all, home and away, bouncy tracks or subcontinental turners, and rise to the top of the tree in all three formats, pocketing the World T20 trophy for a second time in 2010.
Arthur is credited as the mastermind behind it all, so it is something of a surprise when in 2010 he is persuaded to leave the post of South Africa coach and take charge of England.
England have been through a multitude of coaches and captains and decide they must hire the best, whatever the sum of money involved.
Arthur tries to splash a little of his magic on the team, and Ian Bell's charges head out to the 2010-11 Ashes with renewed hope.
England quickly fall into a hole in the first Test, however. They score 260 batting first at the Gabba before Australia make 481 in reply.
Alastair Cook is bowled for a first-ball duck in the second innings, when really only a double-century will do.
Arthur is furious, insisting that he'd told him to score precisely 235 the previous night, and Cook simply hadn't done his homework.
Cook is dropped, but Arthur's tenure never recovers from the ensuing press field day. Homework-gate, as it comes to be known, defines his spell in charge, and he doesn't survive in the job after a disappointing World Cup in India.
A host of other coaches are tried, but without success. County cricket is overhauled annually as coaches look to reignite the English game, but the only consistent thing about domestic cricket in England is Pietersen, who week in, week out, bludgeons all-comers as Hampshire bag a hatful of titles.