John Buchanan’s eight-year stint as head coach ushered in a golden era that brought Australia three World Cup titles and a record 16 consecutive Test victories, including a landmark Test series win in India in 2004.

In a chat with Sportstar, Buchanan delves into  2003-04, Tendulkar’s 241 in Sydney, and reveals how the plotting of India’s downfall actually began.

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Sourav Ganguly began the 2003-04 Test series with an aggressive hundred at the Gabba. The Australian fielders applauded him as he walked back to the dressing room. Did you and the team expect Ganguly to come out all guns blazing like that and did it set the tone for the remainder of the series?

The Gabba has always been a very happy hunting ground for Australia to start a Test series. Australia was in a good position to post a large first-innings total till Zaheer [Khan] and [Ajit] Agarkar bowled very well with…

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