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‘After retirement, some have lost showing respect’
- Gilchrist’s counter to Ian Chappell, Shane Warne

Melbourne: It’s no secret that Australia’s Test and ODI vice-captain Adam Gilchrist wasn’t ever Shane Warne’s best mate during the years they played together. Well, another chapter has been added to their frosty relationship.

Asked to comment on Warne’s rather critical remarks about the Australian Establishment’s “arrogant mindset,” Gilchrist replied: “Wearing the Baggy Green teaches you to show respect... It’s an elite club... After retirement, some have lost showing respect... There’ve been comments right through the week and one is a bit sick of them...”

If what Warne said on Friday wasn’t bad enough, the iconic Ian Chappell ridiculed Australia’s last coach, John Buchanan, on Sunday.

“A lot of people refer to John Buchanan’s record as coach. How many wickets and how many catches and how many runs did he make?

“He didn’t make any. His contribution to those victories, in my opinion, is absolutely nil.

“Is someone going to tell me that if my daughter (Amanda) had coached Australia, would the results have been any different?

“I am here to tell you the results wouldn’t have been any different at all. In fact, they might have been better without him there,” are some of Ian’s views published in the Herald Sun.

Buchanan had a very high success percentage throughout his innings, from late 1999 till this year’s World Cup but, then, Ian (despite younger brother Greg’s involvement with Team India and at the provincial level in Australia) hasn’t really believed in the institution of coaches.

“We didn’t have any and, frankly, were none the worse for that,” Ian told The Telegraph, typically bluntly, not too long ago.

Footnote: Gilchrist, meanwhile, is doing his bit for raising awareness about breast cancer by agreeing to wear pink ’keeping gloves during the first Test. He’s actually supporting the McGrath Foundation, set up by Glenn and wife Jane. Every dismissal, by the way, will make the Foundation richer by $18,000 (Aus.). That’s the amount promised by sponsors and the money will go towards funding “support nurses.”

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