Border confirms Chappell to replace Buchanan

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Allan Border has confirmed that Greg Chappell is a contender for taking over as Australia's coach from John Buchanan, whose contract expires after next year's World Cup.

''Tom Moody, Tim Nielsen, Greg Chappell is in the mix, Dav Whatmore is now coaching Bangladesh and he was a long-term coach at Sri Lanka as well,'' Border told The Daily Telegraph here.

Border said the Cricket Australia was looking for an Aussie to take over the reigns from Buchanan as coaching the World Champions is a ''tough job''.

''John has decided that after the World Cup he is going to be moving on. Therefore we need an Australian coach. It's a tough job,'' Border said.

''We've got a lot of good candidates for a tough job,'' he added.

Earlier the Herald-Sun had reported that Chappell, currently on tour of Sri Lanka with the Indian team, is one among his other compatriots, who are likely to be contacted as CA starts looking for Buchanan's successor next month.

However, the favourites for the job are likely to be Tim Neilson and Tom Moody, who is with the Sri Lankans right now. Neilson is reportedly a players' favourite and has the backing of Buchanan as well after the former wicket-keeper worked as an assistant with him.

Buchanan is almost certain to bid adieu to the job after being the coach for eight years and the likely replacements will be discussed by CA's sub-committee comprising national selector Allan Border and former captain Mark Taylor.

The current Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is also likely to have a major say in the choice of the new coach.

Aaprt from Chappell, the other Aussies likely to be contacted by CA are West Indies coach Bennett King and Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore.

The CA is in favour of announcing a new coach by February next year so that the transition of responsibilty is carried out smoothly after the World Cup.

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