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ICC will curb Aussie supremacy: coach

By Tom Wald 02/10/2003 07:27:33 PM Comments (0)

Adam Gilchrist batting right-handed, Justin Langer forced to open the bowling and Glenn McGrath the batting.

Maybe that's what Australian coach John Buchanan was alluding to when he predicted the International Cricket Council would introduce rules to curb his side's dominance in the game.

"There may be some rule changes that have to be put in place to try and bring us back to the field," Buchanan said.

"We have seen in the past, we can talk about Jardine and Bodyline, and we can talk about what Clive Lloyd and what the West Indies pace bowlers did and rules were put in place to bring them back to the field.

"We have got some great players, and we have got a great team and our job is to continue doing what we do best, to the best of our ability and then leave it up to the rule makers to suggest otherwise."

However it is difficult to see what the ICC could do to clamp down on the Australians as they do not rely on a set style of play to win matches such as Bodyline or a barrage of short-pitched bowling.

Buchanan, who has enjoyed enormous success since taking over from Geoff Marsh in 1999, had no fears about the number of player diaries being published which are giving opposition teams a detailed insight into the workings of the Australian side.

"Hopefully we can continue to intimidate teams and have teams in awe of what we do, because that does give us some advantage going onto the field," he said.

"But at the same stage, teams, if they are doing their homework correctly, it is an opportunity to pick up what we do to improve themselves and I think it is a two-edged sword.

"I'd rather see us being more exposed in terms of what we do.

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