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Former Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has admitted that he was infuriated by former head coach John Buchanan’s claims that the Baggy Green culture “disappeared a bit” during Michael Clarke’s tenure as captain.
Harris, who retired prior to the start of the Ashes series due to chronic knee problems, believes that Buchanan’s comments were highly disrespectful, especially as Clarke will be retiring from international cricket at the end of the ongoing Ashes series.
“One that has angered me be a bit is John Buchanan – the way he came out and slammed him (Clarke),” Harris said. “What John’s got to probably realise is that when he had Michael Clarke he was 21, 22, 23 years old.
“We’ve all been there – we all know how we act at times when we’re younger. He’s a guy that came into a team full of absolute legends, and they took him under their wing. He would’ve felt pretty good, pretty special.
“You’re allowed to mature over life – that’s what I’ve done, and that’s what Michael Clarke has done.
“To hear John Buchanan come out and say that, an ex-coach, was very, very disappointing…to bash a guy after he’s retired. It’s just ridiculous – his life was the Baggy Green.”
Harris also made it clear that Clarke was a great captain and inspiration for the entire team as he managed to accomplish unbelievable feats even though he has battled chronic back problems throughout his career.
“I played under Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke – two of the best captains I’ve played under, along with Darren Lehmann when I played with him,” Harris said. “(Clarke) did a great job. There were times in the last few years when everyone thought Michael Clarke was gone – he was copping it on and off the field, and he’d stand up and put performances together that were just unbelievable.
“Us as a team, seeing our leader do that, it spurred the guys on.”