Ahhh, Shane Warne. Beloved cricketing icon. One-time squeeze of Elizabeth Hurley. Man who can fit the entire rim of a glass in his mouth.
“Players like Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and others really tried to make the baggy green culture something special but I could sense it was under threat and under Michael’s captaincy I can sense it has disappeared a bit and that disappointed me. It was almost as if Clarke was destined to be captain and he never was a silent partner – he had strong opinions and the good thing was that meant if he saw something he did not agree with he would certainly speak up about it.”
“If he finished games early, Michael would often leave early. I can remember guys like Hayden and Langer sitting him down in a corner and trying to get him to understand what we were trying to achieve. There were times when I felt Michael did not understand or did not want to understand.
“If Michael reads this I am sure he will say he did cherish the culture but if you asked him to define it, his definition would not be the same as the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Ponting or myself.”
Warne – who had a long and very well documented dislike of Buchanan as coach – didn’t take too kindly to those remarks whatsoever, and went into bat for Clarke on The Today Show earlier this morning.
“This bloke had no idea about the game of cricket, John Buchanan. Never played the game, doesn’t know what the players go through.“
Welllllllll, see Shane. Here’s the thing about that. Buchanan never played TEST cricket, sure. He did, however, play First Class cricket for Queensland, and had a stint in England as well.