Baggy Green culture disappeared under Clarke: Buchanan

Sydney, Aug 11 (IANS) Former Australia cricket coach John Buchanan took a dig at retiring Test skipper Michael Clarke on Tuesday, saying that the ‘Baggy Green’ culture eroded a bit under his captaincy.

The 34-year-old Clarke announced that he will retire after the fifth Ashes Test as England registered a comprehensive victory in the fourth match of the ongoing series to claim the coveted urn.

Since the announcement, a lot of critics and former cricketers have put Clarke’s career under the scanner and Buchanan was no exception.

“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,” Buchanan was quoted as saying by

The 62-year-old also added that Clarke failed to fit into the team’s culture.

“I can remember guys like (Matthew) Hayden and (Justin) Langer sitting him down in a corner and trying to get him to understand what we were trying to achieve,” Buchanan said.

“There were times when I felt Michael did not understand or did not want to understand.”

Buchanan’s comments follow similar remarks by former Test opener Hayden who had said that Clarke “ruffled feathers” in the early stages of his career. Former batsman Andrew Symonds was also critical of Clarke, asserting that he was not a “natural leader” in the mould of former Test captains.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here