Warne scorns Buchanan's Ashes switch

Warne has welcomed the appointment of Buchanan to a coaching role with England, saying it will boost his former teammates' chances of retaining the Ashes.

updated: June 13, 2009 07:31 IST
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Retired Australian leg spin wizard Shane Warne has welcomed the appointment of John Buchanan to a coaching role with England, saying it will boost his former teammates' chances of retaining the Ashes.

Warne is no fan of Buchanan's methods from his time as Australian team coach and said his switch of camps will make Ricky Ponting's charges more hungry to win.

Buchanan has been asked to work with England's player development programme, mainly the Under-16s, Under-19s and the 'A' side and is due to talk to coach Andy Flower in the build-up to the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, on July 8.

Warne didn't hold back in his scorn of Buchanan and his "overcomplicated" methods.

"I think that's a great move because that means we've got more of a chance," Warne told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.

"Hopefully, Buck (Buchanan) will be doing his stuff and he'll be working and doing all his things and hopefully overcomplicating things.

"I reckon it gives our chances a big boost and makes our blokes more hungry.

"Hopefully, he gets all of them in a boot camp and Freddy (Andrew) Flintoff and (Kevin) Pietersen hurt their knees, that would be great."

Warne and fellow Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill both condemned Buchanan's pre-Ashes three-day "boot" camp in the Queensland bush ahead of the last Ashes series in Australia in 2006.

Warne believes Australia deserve to start favourites for the Ashes and called the world champions' early elimination from the World Twenty20 as a "blessing in disguise".

"I wish we were still in the Twenty20, but now you have to look at the positive out of it and the positive is our guys can prepare for the Ashes for the next couple of weeks," he said.

The former record Test wicket-taker put Australia's poor record in the shortened game down to a lack of exposure due to their packed international schedule.

"I don't think we actually understand the tactics of Twenty20 enough. We didn't play a spinner in the first Twenty20 game (against the West Indies)," said Warne, who finished with 708 wickets in 145 Tests.

"You look at all the people doing well in Twenty20 cricket, spinners are doing really well."

Buchanan left the Australia job after the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies as elite cricket's most successful coach, with a winning record of 70 percent after becoming national coach in 1999.

Though the Australian side has changed significantly since Buchanan's departure, many key players from his era -- Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey and Brett Lee -- will play in next month's Ashes.