Buchanan joining the enemy camp?

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009, 16:44 [IST]
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Australia's Buchanan joins enemy

Sydney: Former Australian cricket team coach John Buchanan has said that he may give England inside knowledge of Australia's cricketers as he takes up a short-term coaching job with England later this month.

He hopes his stint with the ECB will land him with a longer deal, the Herald Sun reports.

Buchanan will fly to England on June 28 to look at the country's elite coaching programs and "see what potentially lies ahead".

Asked if he would help England with his inside knowledge of the Australians ahead of the Ashes series beginning next month, he said: "It is my own business who I choose to talk to and what I talk about."

Buchanan, who coached Australia to a 5-0 home series victory in 2006-07 to regain the Ashes, knocked back the England coaching job earlier this year but has said he is interested in a consultancy role.

"I''m looking forward to the opportunity to get over there and look at the general set-up," he said.

"I think it''s fair to say that there has been a fair amount of interest from both parties, and I suppose the situation will become clearer in early July."

As well as the Ashes drubbing, after Australia had lost the series in England in 2005, Buchanan coached Australia to World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007 and twice to record-breaking streaks of 16 Test wins.

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