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John Marshall Buchanan

John Marshall Buchanan born on 5 April 1953 in Ipswich, Queensland is the ex- coach of the Australia national cricket squad and of Kolkata Knight Rider's team in the Indian Premier League. John Buchanan is a King's Old Collegian (University of Queensland, Brisbane) and is moreover an old boy of The Southport School, located in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Buchanan is also well-known in cricketing circles as 'Ned Flanders', due to his similarity in manifestation to The Simpsons character.

Buchanan had a concise first-class career with Queensland in 1978/79 in which he played in 7 matches and strike 160 runs. He also played league cricket in England with a spell at Hyde Cricket Club in Cheshire.

Buchanan began his training career in England- he was player/coach/professional for Oldham in Central Lancashire league as well as Cambridgeshire in Minor Counties 1978 & 79. Oldham won the League and Cup double in 79 which was initial time in some 40 odd years.

Aforementioned to the senior coaching position, he had five thriving years as the Queensland Bulls coach in which they enjoyed two Sheffield Shield titles, the one in 1994/95 was the first in the state's history, and two Mercantile Mutual Cup wins. He also trained Middlesex in 1998.

Buchanan provided as the coach of the Australian cricket team. Allotted in October 1999 to substitute Geoff Marsh he was well thought-out a suspect candidate given that he had not played at the Test level as had his ancestor, Marsh and Bob Simpson. His original results were very striking conversely as he has helped steer the team to unique success. At one period his record was 15 wins from 15 games played.

At some stage in the second season of the IPL, Buchanan's tactics for KKR raised a lot of debates which were more alleviated because of the team's poor presentation. A former Indian player also indicts Buchanan and his coaching staff of racial prejudice against players from India. He was fired in June 2009 by the team owners for his poor performance.