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Warne takes another swipe at Buchanan

AUSTRALIA great Shane Warne has taken a swipe at his old coach John Buchanan's decision to work in England.

Buchanan has accepted a job to coach some of England's best young players although he will not be directly helping England's senior players in the upcoming Ashes series.

Warne was an outspoken critic of Buchanan's methods in the past and could not resist taking another shot at his fellow Australian for helping out the English.

"I think that's a great move because that means we've got more of a chance," the former legspinner said. "Hopefully Buck (Buchanan) will be doing his stuff and he'll be working and doing all his things and hopefully overcomplicating things.

"I reckon it gives our chances a big boost and makes our blokes more hungry."

Warne, who retired from international cricket after the last Ashes series in Australia but still plays in the lucrative Indian Premier League, said Australia's early exit from the World Twenty20 may turn out to be a blessing.

"I wish we were still in it, it's a wonderful game to play, it's an important form of the game," he said. "(But) the positive is our guys can prepare for the Ashes and just rely on those warm-up games and all the talking, focus and preparation will be on the Ashes."

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia withdrew its one-year contract offer to troubled allrounder Andrew Symonds yesterday but said it hoped the 34-year-old veteran would continue to play domestically for Queensland state.

Symonds, who was sent home from the Twenty20 World Cup last week following another alcohol-related indiscretion, was set to begin a new central contract on July 1. But he has been replaced by fast bowler Shaun Tait on Cricket Australia's 25-man list of contracted players.

Cricket Australia operations manager Michael Brown said Symonds would still be clear to play in Australia and that he was hopeful Symonds would play for Queensland, although likely only in the limited-overs and Twenty20 versions of the game.


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