England tap into Buchanan
The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that former Australia coach John Buchanan will join them in a short-term role this summer.
The 56-year-old is due to visit England for the second time in a matter of weeks and is poised to have a further meeting with team director Andy Flower and the rest of the backroom staff in the build-up to the first npower Ashes Test in Cardiff on July 8.
Buchanan, who left his job as Australia coach following their 2007 World Cup success in the Caribbean after eight years in charge, met England's backroom staff several weeks ago following the final one-day international against West Indies at Edgbaston.
He has been asked to work with England's player development programme, principally the Under-16s, Under-19s and the Lions, and will be based primarily at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough.
But with England Lions having a four-day fixture against Australia in Worcester starting on July 1, he may also have an input into their preparation for the tourists' final match before the start of the Ashes.