'Buchanan's efforts towards Oz are nil'
In a scathing attack, Ian Chappell reckons that his daughter would not have done a bad job as the Australian team's coach.cricket Updated: Dec 23, 2007 17:38 IST
Launching a lampoon at John Buchanan, former captain Ian Chappell has said that his daughter would not have done a bad job as a coach of the Australian team.
Defending spin great Shane Warne, who has been criticised for his panning of Buchanan, Chappell said the former coach's contribution in Australia's dream run was nil.
"It's a simple decision. The captain is 95 per cent important, the coach is five per cent important. Guess who I am going to worry about first?" Chappell was quoted as saying by the 'News Limited'.
"Shane Warne would have been a magnificent attacking captain for Australia."
"A lot of people refer to John Buchanan's record as coach. How many wickets and how many catches and how many runs did he make?
"He didn't make any. His contribution to those victories in my opinion is absolutely nil. Is someone going to tell me that if my daughter had coached Australia, would the results have been any different?
"I am here to tell you the results wouldn't have been any different at all. In fact, they might have been better without him there."
Chappell's criticism of Buchanan came at a time when the latter was trying to resolve his differences with Warne by declaring that he was keen on working with the leggie as Cricket Australia coaches.
Chappell also attacked Buchanan for floating the idea of allowing Australians to play for rival nations as a way of strengthening international cricket.
"The thing is, if you think about that suggestion, it's exactly what Warney said, it's from pixie-land.
"What you are saying is that we need to find (countries) to compete against Australia, so what he is suggesting is you send off players who can't make the Australian side to play for other teams.
"How is that going to help those other teams beat Australia? It doesn't make any sense," Chappell said.