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Warne slams Buchanan for CB Series loss

Shane Warne launched another attack on his former coach John Buchanan, who he said was responsible for Australia's CB Series loss to England on Sunday. Warne said Buchanan must be held accountable for Australia's gruelling taper-training program, which appeared to leave the side flat at the end of the one-day program.

"From what I hear, the boys trained really, really hard, probably too hard and it affected them," Warne told The Courier-Mail. "They got tired for the finals and didn't perform really well so John Buchanan has to take responsibility for that."

Warne famously questioned the worth of coaches in general last September, with the line: "I'm a big believer that the coach is something you travel in to get to and from the game." He said such hard practice sessions were not ideal preparation for a team constantly aiming to perform at their best.

"If you're playing international cricket, all you want to be is fresh and happy," he said. "You don't want to be trained into the ground. But that's the way he wanted to do it but it didn't work out. Hopefully it will hold them in good stead for the World Cup."

Buchanan admitted the heavy workload and Australia's desire to be well prepared for the World Cup had affected their performance during the CB Series. He also said complacency and an expectation the side would keep winning contributed to Australia's decline.