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Buchanan meets Flower; reveals Australian secrets

cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2009 13:25 IST

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Unthinkable to an ordinary Australian, John Buchanan has revealed that he has shared with England coach Andy Flower some of the secrets of his long association with Ricky Ponting’s men which could be used in the home team’s advantage in the Ashes beginning July 8.

Buchanan, who guided Australia to a whitewash in the last Ashes has arrived here after agreeing to an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) deal to work as a coaching consultant.

“I provided (Flower) with some of my thoughts. I’ve been keeping a bit of a gaze on the Ashes build-up from a far and passed on a few things I’ve picked up as an observer now removed from the team,” Buchanan said.

“We also talked about England’s trip to Belgium, which was something I took a fair bit of interest in. It was good to catch up with him briefly, and was just one of quite a few things I am looking to accomplish on this trip,” Buchanan told Cricinfo.

Buchanan earlier caused flutter in the Australian cricket fraternity by giving his consent to work with the ECB during the Ashes as sections of media even accused him of committing “an act of treachery”.

The former coach would not stop from airing his views on how Australia should go about in the series, saying the selectors should opt for a right fusion of spin and pace attacks in the first Test in Cardiff.