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Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Melbourne: John Buchanan signed a new two-year deal as coach on Tuesday and said he was looking forward to Australia staying on top of world cricket. Buchanan, 48, will coach Australia through to the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"The last two years have been a fantastic experience for me and I'm extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be associated with the Australian team for another two years," Buchanan said."We have had a great deal of success so far but now the challenge is to raise the bar again and we will be trying to do just that."Buchanan, who took over the post from former Test batsman Geoff Marsh in October 1999, will be at the helm when Australia defends the World Cup in South Africa. He will also be in charge for the 2002-03 Ashes series against England and tours to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and the West Indies immediately after the World Cup.He supervised 15 of the 16 successive Test victories achieved by the side, a new world mark beating the 11 straight wins of Clive Lloyd's great West Indies team of 1984.In the One-day arena, Australia was undefeated for a world record 14 matches in 1999-2000.Australian skipper Steve Waugh said much of his team's success was due to Buchanan."He has the excellent cricketing knowledge you would expect of someone at international level, but he has also encouraged us to look at things differently and challenge the way we have played the game in the past," Waugh said."It is that sort of approach that will allow us to keep taking the game forward and I am really pleased to be continuing my partnership with John."Before taking up the national job, Buchanan spent five years with Queensland, guiding it to two Sheffield Shield titles, including the state's first in 1994-95, and two One-day Mercantile Mutual Cup wins.

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