John Buchanan slams Michael Clarke for his comments
Michael Clarke recently attracted a lot of controversy with his outspoken remarks against former Australian players and coach John Buchanan. Clarke had said that Buchanan was lucky to get an already settled unit, and even his dog could have been as successful as the latter.
John Buchanan, who coached Australia’s 2003 and 2007 World Cup winning teams, has reacted sharply to the criticism he received from Clarke. “Being a captain, coach, the corporate leader is not easy,” Buchanan wrote. “Each is driven by a relentless passion for inspiring others for succeeding. The leadership skills that accompany these roles are demanding and complex.”
Adding further, Buchanan said, “The opportunity to continue to learn these skills is always available, and hopefully Michael will continue to take these opportunities as they will be presented in his future life and careers.” “Michael is indeed correct when he says I never wore the baggy green.”
“My first Test as coach was November 1999 the same match in which Adam Gilchrist and Scott Muller made their Test debuts. We ensured that such a moment was very special in the life of a cricketer, and so looked to always have cricket legends present the first cap. In Brisbane that year, it was Bill Brown,” said Buchanan, about the players who made their debuts in his tenure as the coach.
“There were another 17 presentations in my time as a coach including Michael Clarkes first baggy green (389) in Bangalore, India, October 2004. Each moment was designed to strengthen the role that the baggy green symbol played in growing the aura of the Australian Cricket team. The debutant had now become part of history, tradition and values, and must honour those responsibilities, Buchanan said.
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