John Buchanan joins the list to condemn Steve Smith and co.
Former Australian coach, John Buchanan, slammed coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Smith, to join forces with the likes of Gilchrist, Clarke, and Healy who condemned the management for their actions at Cape Town.
Buchanan singled out Lehmann by claiming that it is highly unusual that a plan of such nature being executed under the nose of the coach without his involvement.
“It is unusual as the teams are walking out that the coach is unaware of what’s about to happen,” expressed John Buchanan according to BBC.
During the invincible era of Australian cricket in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, it was Buchanan who handled the role of coaching for the Kangaroos.
“Generally it will be the coach and captain, in the last couple of minutes before they go to the field, who will be saying ‘these are the sort of things we want to do and put in place when we get out on the field’,” claimed Buchanan.
However, Buchanan believes Smith’s tenure as captain is more or less over. “Personally, I don’t think Steve Smith can continue as captain. It may be his first major error but it is such an enormous error of judgement,” Buchanan added.
In conclusion, John Buchanan suggested that Smith still can retain his place in the Australian side solely as a player but not as a captain.
“Hopefully he can continue as a player but I would have thought there is very little opportunity for him to retain his position as captain,” concluded John Buchanan.
Former middle-order batsman Marcus North believes that the Australians’ behavior hasn’t been up to the mark.
Australian cricket is the laughing stock of the sporting world: Adam Gilchrist.
“The behaviour of the team recently has not been up to the standard expected. We have already seen a lot of issues in this series and this is another thing that has happened in his tenure,” affirmed Marcus North.
Part of the world cup winning squad of Australia in 2003, Jason Gillespie points towards growing defamation of image prevalent in Australian cricket lately.
“The Australia side has to have a deep reflection on how they go about the game, how they’re perceived in the wider cricketing world,” he said. “That perception isn’t good, that’s the brutal reality,” concluded Jason Gillespie.
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