BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 23, 2007 (AFP) – Ins and outs of coaches and captains at the World Cup with five days left in the 2007 tournament: AUSTRALIA
On top of the world, the two-time defnding champions are already in the semi-finals, where they face South Africa in St Lucia on Wednesday, and are odds-on to win a third title in the final here on April 28.
Coach: John Buchanan has already announced he will retire after the World Cup and will be replaced by Tim Nielsen, the head coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.
Captain: Ricky Ponting is in the runs, has won back the Ashes thanks to a 5-0 drubbing of England this winter and shows no sign of easing up.
Defeated India in the first round and beat semi-finalists South Africa in the Super Eights. But horribly inconsistent and lost to Ireland.
Coach:Dav Whatmore, the man who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup, has resigned but has agreed to oversee the Test and one-day series against India on home soil next month. Whatmore has been linked with the India hot-seat.
Captain:Habibul Bashar endured a m