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10/06/2009 11:05:04 PM Comments (0)

Australia's former cricket coach John Buchanan has refused to rule out providing England with his inside knowledge of Australia's cricketers as he prepares to begin a coaching stint in the UK.

Buchanan has told website cricinfo will take up a short-term coaching job with England later this month and hopes it could lead to a longer deal with his former Ashes opponents.

He will fly to England on June 28 to look at the country's elite coaching programs and "see what potentially lies ahead".

Asked if he would help England with his inside knowledge of the Australians ahead of the Ashes series beginning next month, he told cricinfo: "It is my own business who I choose to talk to and what I talk about."

Buchanan, who coached Australia to a 5-0 home series victory in 2006-07 to regain the Ashes, knocked back the England coaching job earlier this year but has said he is interested in a consultancy role.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get over there and look at the general set-up," he said.

"I think it's fair to say that there has been a fair amount of interest from both parties, and I suppose the situation will become clearer in early July."

As well as the Ashes drubbing, after Australia had lost the series in England in 2005, Buchanan coached Australia to World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007 and twice to record-breaking streaks of 16 Test wins.

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