Buchanan is best coach I played under: Ponting

Published: Monday, August 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Australian captain Ricky Ponting today said John Buchanan was the best coach he has played under, even better than Bob Simpson.

Buchanan has confirmed he would retire in April next year after the World Cup In the West Indies as his ''shelf life'' with the squad was almost up, but he is in negotiations with Cricket Australia to continue as a consultant.

''Buchanan was the most well-planned and thorough coach and the best manager of people I have worked under,'' Ponting, who had also played under Bob Simpson and Geoff Marsh, was quoted as saying by Cricinfo

Ponting said Buchanan's role has been under-rated by outsiders over the past seven years and hoped the team orchestrates an ideal send-off when he steps down after the World Cup.

''A lot of John's contributions over the past few years have been looked over, as has been the case for a lot of the other staff around the team. John's never one to go looking for acknowledgment, but the players are very aware of what he's been able to do for the team.'' Buchanan has had a formidable record as Australia coach guiding the world champions to victory in 18 of the first 20 ODIs and six consecutive Test victories immediately after taking over.

Australia have played 182 ODIs since he took over and have had a winning percentage of 74.18. The World Champions' winning margin in the Test arena under Buchanan was even better with a success rate of 75.29 per cent from 85 Tests.

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