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John Buchanan responds to Michael Clarke's criticism

John Buchanan responds to Michael Clarke's criticism
John Buchanan coached Australia for eight years between 1999 and 2007.
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Former Australian coach John Buchanan responded to the comments made by Michael Clarke by saying that the former captain has "a lot to learn" about being a leader.

During the 2015 Ashes, Buchanan commented on Clarke’s tenure by stating that the culture and the values of Australian cricket, represented by the baggy green had eroded under his leadership.

Earlier this week, Clarke responded to Buchanan’s criticism by stating that the 62-year-old never knew anything about the baggy green as he never had a chance to worn one.

Responding to Clarke’s comments, Buchanan wrote in his website www.buchanancoaching.com that Clarke has a lot to learn about leadership.

"Being a captain, coach, corporate leader is not easy.

"Each is driven by a relentless passion to inspire others to succeed.

“The leadership skills that accompany these roles are demanding and complex.

"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." 

Buchanan believes that there is a lot Clarke can learn from Richie McCaw, the recently retired captain of the New Zealand rugby union team.

"There would be precious few people around the world who would say that Richie McCaw did not distinguish himself on the field as well as off.

"As captain, he led a team that performed at the highest level with a winning record verging on 90%.

“As a leader, he inspired all those around him, and all those that followed him and the All Blacks, through his deeds and actions.

“As a person, he lived and breathed the values and principles of the All Blacks, and ensured the legacy, begun over 100 years ago, was enhanced during the time that he spent in the company of the AB traditions and brand." 

Buchanan became Australia’s coach in 1999 and held the position till 2007, overseeing a hugely successful period for Australia, which included two World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007.

Admitting that he never wore the baggy green, Buchanan iterated that he made it a culture in the Australian team to have former players present the debutants with their Test caps.

“In the context of the Australian Cricket team, 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 (381) and Scott Muller (382) 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 a first cap.

“In Brisbane that year, it was Bill Brown.

“There were another 17 presentations in my time as coach including Michael Clarke’s first ‘baggy green’ (389) in Bangalore, India, October 2004.” 

Reasoning that the idea behind the exercise was to lend a special significance to the debut of a player, Buchanan opined that the move strengthened the values of the “baggy green”.

“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.”

Earlier this week, former Australian leg-spinner, Stuart MacGill also viewed that Buchanan did not have the skills to stand out among other successful cricket coaches.

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