Pup should wait till Gilly's retirement: Buchanan

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Sydney, Dec 7 (UNI) Welcoming Michael Clarke's appointment as Australia's Twenty20 captain, former coach John Buchanan warned Cricket Australia (CA) not to rush things by handing him the vice-captaincy job of the ODI and Test team until the end of Adam Gilchrist's career.

Buchanan is of the view that instead of hurrying up the things, Clarke's transition to top position must be allowed to happen naturally.

''Adam is still a person that most people in the team can learn a lot of things from. Having him still in that role of vice-captain is important for the team and also for Ricky Ponting,'' Buchanan was today quoted by 'The Age' as saying.

Australia's two time World Cup winning coach (2003 and 2007) also feels that young Clarke needs more time to enrich his leadership skills from the veteran stumper.

''At this stage there is still too much to be learned and gained from Adam for that to be rushed.'' The 54-year-old former coach also lauded Clarke for his and his inquisitive nature and said the 26-year-old all-rounder has shades of many Aussie greats in his personality.

''He was just always trying to question leaders in the team, and trying to glean from them why they did, what they did, and how they did it, at the end of a day's play, through training or over coffee,'' Buchanan said.

''I see a mixture of Stephen Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne in him.

''There is that aggression, innovativeness, singlemindedness, the importance of listening to those around you and there is the individuality. Ultimately it will be Michael Clarke, but there will be touches of all those people,'' he added.

UNI

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