John Buchanan to step down after World Cup

Published: Monday, August 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: John Buchanan will step down as Australia's coach after next year's World Cup in West Indies.

Confirming the development Cricket Australia (CA) today said the process to find a suitable replacement will begin soon.''John Buchanan will not seek re-appointment following April 2007's ICC World Cup in the West Indies,'' CA said in a statement here.

Buchanan, who has been in charge of the Australian team since taking control from Geoff Marsh at the beginning of the 1999-00 summer, has led the side to a formidable record in both the Test and One-day arenas.

''I have had a thoroughly enjoyable time in the position and feel I have made a contribution to the overall success Australia has achieved on the world cricketing stage over the past seven years. I will have the opportunity after the 2007 World Cup to devote more time to my family,'' Buchanan said.

''There's a shelf life in coaching and I believe that following the World Cup it will be the appropriate time to hand over the reins to someone new,'' he added.

Buchanan guided Australia to victory in 18 of the first 20 ODI's and six consecutive Test victories immediately after taking over.Australia has played 182 ODIs since he took over and have a winning percentage of 74.18. The World Champions' winning margin in the Test arena was even larger with a success rate of 75.29 per cent from 85 Tests.

Buchanan said he would discuss the possibility of remaining involved with the team -- even after stepping down -- with CA.

''I look forward to sitting down with Cricket Australia and discuss what contribution I can make in a continued involvement after the World Cup,'' he said.

Meanwhile, CA Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland, described Buchanan's tenure as extraordinarily successful and said the board was keen to discuss his continued involvement in Australian cricket.

''John has had extraordinary success as the national coach during his tenure and has given an enormous amount to the game in this time,'' Mr Sutherland said.

''Cricket Australia will be instigating a management committee in the next month to start the search process for a new coach,'' he added.

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