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Not seeing eye to eye: Warne and Aussie coach Buchanan
Warne had a long-running dispute with Australia coach John Buchanan during their time working together, despite the latter’s impressive record of 25 Test series wins across a seven-year period while in charge of the team.
However, the leg spinner never rated Buchanan, and, just before his retirement from the Test arena, Warne made public his feelings about his coach, telling the Sydney Morning Herald in an explosive interview in December 2006:
Everything that I have read that he (Buchanan) says, he is living in pixieland.
It just shows what us players had to put up with John Buchanan. We had to listen to his verbal diarrhoea all the time.
He is just a goose and has no idea and lacks common sense.
However, in the end it was Warne who was made to look foolish in this undignified episode, especially given Buchanan’s exemplary record and the lack of support the spinner received in this matter from his teammates, who in contrast praised the Australia coach.