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Mark Taylor, Allan Border to help pick new cricket coach


Former Test captains Mark Taylor and Allan Border are part of a five-man panel chosen to select Australia's next cricket coach.

Incumbent John Buchanan has announced he will not seek reappointment after the cricket World Cup in the Caribbean next March and April.

Cricket Australia chairman Creagh O'Connor announced a five-man committee yesterday. Joining Taylor and Border are Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland, Daryl Foster and Michael Brown.

"The recommendation of a replacement coach will be one of the most important decisions Cricket Australia needs to make in the next 12 months, especially given the benchmark set by John Buchanan," Taylor said.

"The committee will discuss in the next few weeks the process it will use and the criteria it will set for the appointment," he said.

After replacing Geoff Marsh in 1999, Buchanan guided Australia on world record winning streaks in Test and limited-overs cricket.

Australia won its first 15 Tests with Buchanan in charge, the bulk of a record 16-Test winning stretch.

The Australians also retained the World Cup in 2003 amid a record run of 21 consecutive limited-overs victories.

Buchanan's winning ratio is 74.5 percent in 267 international matches.

The Australian limited-overs squad leaves today for Malaysia for a tri-series tournament against India and West Indies as a warmup for the ICC Champions Trophy next month.

The Ashes series against England starts in Brisbane on Nov. 23.

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