9 Aug 2010

Australian to help England in Ashes quest

6:39 pm on 9 August 2010

The former Australian cricket coach John Buchanan has been appointed as a consultant by England to help Andrew Strauss's team win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years.

The 57-year-old coached his country to three successful Ashes campaigns from 2001 to 2006-07, losing just once in 2005.

He also aided the Australians in two triumphant World Cups in 2003 and 2007.

England regained the Ashes in 2009 but have not won a Test series in Australia since Mike Gatting led them to that honour in 1986-87.

Buchanan is renowned for his technical theories and use of psychology, but has divided opinion.

The former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne remains an outspoken critic of Buchanan's coaching approach.

The first Ashes Test starts in Brisbane on November the 25th.