After Michael Clarke, the former leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has become the latest Australian cricketer to attack John Buchanan.
MacGill supported Michael Clarke’s “dog” banter on the two-time world Cup winning coach John Buchanan. He said “I haven’t met Michael Clarke’s dog, but I have met John Buchanan,” MacGill told Fox Sports. “And I don’t see that he had too many skills that made him stand out among coaches around the planet,” MacGill added.
Clarke while writing in the latest edition of his Captain’s Diary series, attacked Buchanan calming his dog Jerry could have coached Australia’s team of champions to “world domination”.
Macgill has thrown his weight behind Clarke and said Buchanan was “lucky” he had a team filled with extremely talented players.
Macgill praised the current coach England coach Trevor Bayliss.
“The best coach I ever had been Trevor Bayliss here (at NSW Blues), and we’ve seen what he can do in the UK. John Buchanan’s not a patch on him.
“I can’t even say he was a great administrator.
“I think that John Buchanan was very lucky to be involved in a cricket team that had probably three of the greatest of all time, you know; (Glenn) McGrath, (Shane) Warne and in the captaincy role there’s Steve Waugh. That’s probably a good fortune.”
John Buchanan and Stuart MacGill
In 1999, Buchanan took over the Australian cricket’s top job, replacing Geoff Marsh.
Under the lanky Queenslander regime, Australia won a world record 16 successive Test matches and beat India in India for the first time in 35 years. He also won the three Ashes.
MacGill was an integral part of the invincible Australian team when Shane Warne was banned for drug abuse from the international cricket. He played 44 Tests and three ODIs.
However, Australia’s limited over allrounder Shane Watson has defended Buchanan.
Watson debuted while Buchanan was at the helm and said while his former coach might not have helped his teammates with their on-field skills, it was his management of the galaxy of stars – and their egos – in the Australian setup that contributed to the profound success.
“That (Clarke’s attack on Buchanan) was incredibly harsh,” Watson told Fox Sports.
“I sit back and see what John Buchanan did and how he was able to keep those strong very personalities and strong egos that were in and around the team, and the majority of them were, and kept them moving in the same direction
“And looking back now, he’s got an incredible skill to be able to do that.
“So it didn’t mean that he was helping people with their cover drive and Glenn McGrath with his bowling but he was certainly able to move the team in the right direction and that’s the reason why they were able to perform consistently like they did.”