John Buchanan

April 17th, 2008

John Buchanan is a former Australian cricket team coach.

He is appointed as Head Coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League.

Buchanan has, along with current captain Ricky Ponting, led the side to numerous successes, including a world-record 16 consecutive Test match victories and 23 ODI victories in world cup tournaments, Buchanan only not involved in the first one, a 2001 and 2002-03 Ashes domination winning both series 4-1, the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa, the 2004 tour of India, in which Australia hadn’t won a series there in thirty-six years, and more recently, following their shock Ashes defeat, a whitewash of the Super Series that saw the Aussies up against a World XI.

In late 2006 he helped the team to their first ever ICC Champions Trophy victory, after four previously failed attempts and followed this with a 5-0 whitewash in the 2006-07 Ashes Series, the first since the 1920-21 Series.

In 2007 his team won their third consecutive world cup. His unorthodox methods have raised a few eyebrows and Shane Warne was dismissive about his role in the team. Ponting credits him as being one of the important reasons why Australia completed their World Cup hat trick of wins.

Following his retirement as Australia’s cricket coach, Buchanan has declined an indirect approach to coach the Indian cricket team on the grounds that he was not yet ready for another international assignment.However Buchanan has not ruled out a return to coaching an international cricket team in the future.

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