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Matthew Hayden questions team culture, Pakistan vs Australia

Matthew Hayden questions team culture, Pakistan vs Australia

Australia’s Test great Matthew Hayden has questioned the culture of the men’s national cricket team, arguing that Cricket Australia has been “player driven”.

Earlier this week, CA confirmed that several top players will be rested from next month’s historic white ball tour in Pakistan. Pat Cummins, David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have not been named in Australia’s 16-man squad for three ODIs and a T20 against Pakistan, which will come after a three-Test series in the Asian nation.

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The one-day tour to Pakistan coincides with the early stages of the Indian Premier League, which begins on March 26, but contracted Australian players will not be allowed to participate in the T20 series until their annual leave period begins April 6.

Last year, seven Australian cricketers withdrew from the white ball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh after the cataclysmic first leg of the IPL 2021.

Meanwhile, the high-profile resignation of Justin Langer sparked debate over whether players had too much influence over CA Board decisions.

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The coronavirus outbreak has forced players into countless biosecurity bubbles over the past 18 months, and the busy schedule has left many top cricketers tired and frustrated.

But Hayden, who was an assistant coach for Pakistan at last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, accused CA of letting players “choose the icing” which white ball games to attend, arguing that it would harm the culture of the team.

“When players choose not to play for their country, it’s a huge sign of concern for your high performance setup,” Hayden said, as reported by press company.

“I don’t think he passes the pub test. The biggest thing that ties everything together at this level is you’re all really keen to play for your country and if you don’t have that then I wonder in done if you have a high performance culture.

“It makes it so hard to build all the things that you’re trying to have like team values, principles, giving like *** about your friends.

“I just think Cricket Australia has been player driven lately and that has created a unique set of issues.”

Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The former opening hitter also suggested that contracted cricketers should see their wages cut if they retire from an international series.

Hayden’s remarks come amid growing concern over the waning relevance of white-ball international cricket, which has seen a drop in attendance since Fox Sports and Channel 7 won the broadcast rights in 2018.

“You shouldn’t be able to choose when you want to play for Australia,” he said. “It makes no sense to me.

“We all know how important the IPL is and it has its window and I know it can be difficult for players and admins to operate within the confines of modern schedules but I still think you can’t have your cake and eat it.

“If you’re not available to play for Australia, there has to be some responsibility. You shouldn’t be paid for a job you’re not doing and you should have to sacrifice your salary.

“People will say I played IPL, which is true, but it never had an effect on my availability to play for Australia.

“I was looking forward to playing for Australia because I spent seven years where I couldn’t get into that damn team.”

Hayden, who was ruled out of a West Indies Test tour in 2008 due to an Achilles injury he suffered while representing Chennai Super Kings earlier that year, had previously called the players to have more influence in decision-making after former Australia captain Steve Smith. was rested from a one-day streak against Sri Lanka in 2016.

“Players actually have to wrestle with some of their own power from within rather than listening to your physios, your strength and conditioning coaches, your high performance manager and even your coach for that matter and dig as that group and build the culture,” he told Triple M at the time.

“It’s the fabric of baggy green, that’s what you’re passionate about, and I don’t see that right now and I’m disappointed.”

Pat Cummins and the Australian One Day Team. Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

speaking on SEN 1170 BreakfastTest captain Cummins has denied claims the players were responsible for Langer’s highly controversial departure.

“Certainly our comments have been heard, as I believe they should be,” he said Friday morning.

“But to say that we are decision makers is quite far from the truth. It’s a successful organization, there’s the board that makes the decisions, so of course the people from the environment are consulted, including the senior players, the staff members, which I think, has always been the case.

“I think it’s the right way to do things, it’s healthy. Nothing bad, of course.

The Australian test team will travel to Pakistan this week ahead of the first test in Rawalpindi, which begins on Friday March 4.

The Australian Tour to Pakistan

March 4-8 — First test, Rawalpindi

March 12-16 – Second Test, Karachi

March 21-25 — Third test, Lahore

March 29 — First ODI, Rawalpindi

March 31 — Second ODI, Rawalpindi

April 2 — Third ODI, Rawalpindi

April 5 — Only T20I, Rawalpindi