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Ponting rebukes Warne for criticising coach

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London, Sep 17 (UNI) Rebuking mildly Shane Warne for voicing opinion on John Buchanan, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has sought a clarification from the leggie for his scathing comments on the coach.

Criticising Buchanan for using ''overcomplicating'' methods, Warne recently charged him of lacking common sense and allegedly said that the only coach the world champions needed was the vehicle that drives the team to the ground.

Both Buchanan and Ponting have left voicemail messages with the player seeking clarification of his comments.

Ponting, in Kuala Lumpur for DLF Cup tri-series, implicitly acknowledged fundamental disagreements between the pair before the Ashes.

''Shane has had his own views on that sort of stuff for quite a while. I guess it is not ideal that it is out there, but it is important we get to the bottom of it,'' the skipper was quoted as saying in 'The Times'.

Buchanan meanwhile says that his methods are not obligatory and the players can take or leave his ideas, and Warne has tended to leave them.

The coach is to step down after next year's World Cup and Warne believes that his replacement should have international experience during a period when the team will lose a number of senior players, including Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Warne himself.

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