Australia’s T20 squad needs overhaul after World Cup failure: Matthew Hayden | Cricket News


SYDNEY: Australia selectors have always been ruthless when it comes to shaking up squads for major tournaments and the Twenty20 side is ready for an overhaul following their exit from the World Cup on home soil, former opener Matthew Hayden said on Tuesday.
Australia’s title defense wilted at the Super 12 stage with Aaron Finch’s side missing out on the semi-finals after finishing behind New Zealand and England in Group 1.
Hayden said selectors have to make difficult decisions, as they did with the one-day squad before the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
“There has to be some freshness,” Hayden, who works as a batting consultant with the Pakistan team, told a news conference.
“One of the great strengths of Australian cricket has been its ability to recognize when to change that gear into a different playing list.
“A bit like Mark Waugh giving way to someone like me after World Cup campaigns, it’s always been pretty ruthless in the build-up to the next World Cup.”
Australia’s 15-man squad contained nine players in their 30s, with both Finch, 35, and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, 34, unlikely to feature for the next T20 World Cup co-hosted by West Indies and the United States in 2024 .
“Certainly from an Australian cricket point of view there has to be planning to go to World Cups,” Hayden said.
“These are the premium events. These are the events that everyone around the world is planning for and unfortunately Australia just didn’t get it.”


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