Seeing Buchanan in rival camp disappointing: Ponting
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels uneasy on seeing John Buchanan in the rival camp prior to the Ashes and is hoping that the former Aussie coach does not sport an England jumper.cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2009 16:48 IST
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels uneasy on seeing John Buchanan in the rival camp prior to the Ashes and is hoping that the former Aussie coach does not sport an England jumper.
Buchanan has been appointed as a short-term consultant to England in the run-up to the Ashes and would be overseeing the Lions when they take on Australia in a four-day match starting tomorrow in Worcester.
“I just hope I don’t see him with an England jumper on. That will be a little bit disappointing,” Ponting was quoted as saying by The Australian.
Buchanan was Australia coach when they hammered England 5-0 in the Ashes. Ponting, however, ruled out Buchanan’s England job having any impact on Australian players.
“I haven’t thought about it and I haven’t heard it spoken about around the group at all,” Ponting said about Buchanan, who was sacked by Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders recently.
“I’m not exactly sure what his overall role is with the ECB. It’s only a week or two from what I understand.”
The Australia captain said just like the IPL is throwing up situations where players from the same country battle against one another, cricketers coming up against former coaches was also becoming a reality.
“There’s been a lot of talk about players with this IPL stuff happening, but it’s going to happen with coaches too, going from one team to the next,” he said.