SYDNEY, Australia (Sporting Alert) — Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has warned candidates off becoming the next England cricket head coach, claiming they would be “crazy to apply” for the vacant post.
Hayden, who featured in 103 Tests for Australia and tallied almost 9,000 runs at an average of 50.73, was speaking after his fellow countryman Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer were outlined as the favourites to succeed Peter Moores.
The 43-year-old believes the ongoing saga involving the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Kevin Pietersen, and the batsman’s constant exclusion from the national setup, proves the new boss will only be another ‘Yes Man’ “the establishment is going to kick.”
“You’d be crazy to apply for the England coach’s role because with a director, you are the man the establishment is going to kick,” Hayden said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“I think England are entering into a very dangerous space.
“They have been in a perilous position for the last six months and they are going into very deep times now with an absolutely on-fire New Zealand team and a really revengeful and very in form Australian team too.
“There are going to be some really tough times ahead for England and they need to sort their back of office out quickly, otherwise we are going to see England fall well behind in those Test rankings.”
In the meantime, Hayden disagrees with the ECB and incoming director of cricket Andrew Strauss decision to exclude Pietersen from the forthcoming series with New Zealand and Australia.
The Australian, who know a thing or too about batting, having scored 380 runs in a Test match and hitting 30 centuries in his career, thinks Australia will be absolutely delighted not to be facing the Englishman in the summer.
“Kevin Pietersen probably couldn’t be a greater foe to Australian cricket and to the Australian cricket team,” said Hayden.
“There have been very few players in the last one or two generations that have had the ability to entertain and direct their attention towards positive cricket like Kevin Pietersen has.
“He was in line with Andrew Flintoff as one of the extremely dominant players that was able to overturn the great Australian team of that 2000 era.”
Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan says the leaders must take its time to find the right coach, but isn’t against Gillespie taking over as the new coach.
Vaughan added that Ex-Aussie opener Langer, who is the current coach of Western Australia, would be difficult to persuade, following reports that he is the man Cricket Australia wants to succeed current coach Darren Lehmann.
“I don’t care where the coach comes from, I want the best man to lead England forward,” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live.
“Gillespie I’m sure would jump at the chance.
“English cricket has become too serious, everything has become complicated. Gillespie is very simple in his method that he brings and in the way he plays.
“He wants to play attacking cricket, give players the responsibility.”