Australian cricket great Matthew Hayden has demanded national selectors look at “freshness” after a failed T20 World Cup campaign which has left them with “some thinking to do”.
As he prepares to help Pakistan towards taking the title the home team was unable to defend, Hayden said the culture of the team had been “challenged” in recent years and that new blood could be the best way forward.
Australia could need a new T20 captain before it plays again next Augusta, with Aaron Finch expected to retire, while Matthew Wade will also need to be replaced.
One of ousted former coach Justin Langer’s great friends, Hayden said the players chosen for Australia’s title defence “deserved to be there” but their exit before the finals provident the perfect reason to make changes.
“The Australian team has some thinking to do. There has to be some freshness,” Hayden said on Tuesday.
“And I think one of the great strengths of Australian cricket has been its ability to be able to recognise when to make that gear change into a different playing roster.
“I think full credit and respect has to go to the players that played this tournament certainly deserve to be there.
“Just 12 months we were sitting here talking about the T20 champions and that was Australia. Here we are again on the eve of another semi-final. So the tournaments are coming around quick and fast.
“But certainly from an Australian cricket point of view, there has to be planning heading towards World Cups. They‘re the premium events. They’re the events that everyone across the world plans for, and Australia, unfortunately, just didn’t get it right.”
Hayden pointed to changes potentially needed in the Australian fast bowling stocks, while also pondering why quick Mitchell Starc was left out of Australia’s final pool game against Afghanistan.
The former opening batter also called out the performance of David Warner, the player of the tournament when Australia raised the trophy last year, for making just 44 runs in four games this time.
“We all know the Australian cricket team, the culture of Australian cricket has been challenged over the last four or five years. There has to be some improvements in the departments, especially I think their fast bowling attack,” he said.
“And I think strategically, as well, not playing Mitchell Starc, our premium bowler, ahead of that game was really significant as well. So little things, but just performances.
“Davey Warner, his performance in the World Cup wasn‘t as special as it was in the last World Cup. He’s a premium player.
“But what I‘m suggesting is that there does have to be some planning ahead of the next World Cup, whichever one that is. It’s coming thick and fast.”