Matthew Hayden has criticised Cricket Australia for their inability to develop a strong leadership group within the national team. Hayden, who served as director of CA between 2009 and 2011, claims to have raised concerns over the existing policies while in charge.
"If there is one element in my time that has lost its way, it's the development of a leadership culture," Hayden told The Age. "The fact that Michael Clarke was promoted at 21 to be the next captain was a mistake. Whilst I think he is now a natural choice as captain, I think it needed a lot more behind-the-scenes support and resources into developing a really strong, vibrant community of leaders."
Hayden's illustrious career that saw him play 103 Tests coincided with Australia's era of domination in the 1990s and 2000s. Hayden, who played under Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting, reminisced about the strong leadership culture that extended beyond just the captain and coach during his playing days.