Matthew Hayden has called Jimmy Anderson a “clown” over his public beer blow-up and the England fast bowler’s history of poor dressing room etiquette means the Australians shouldn’t feel compelled to share a pint with him.
Anderson caused a stir when he revealed Australia turned down England captain Alastair Cook’s offer to share a few beers in Cardiff following the home side’s crushing defeat in the first Ashes Test.
But Hayden said Anderson’s history of making private dressing room affairs public should be enough reason for the Aussies to avoid going there.
“It’s no surprise in this particular case that Jimmy Anderson has been the first to poke his head up and dive into the press and start to play that out in the media,” the former Australian opener told Triple M’s Merrick And Australia on Tuesday.
“Because this was the clown that was invited into our change room and then all of a sudden everything that he saw in that change room appeared in his book.
“The old saying that what happens on tour stays on tour is out the window.
“You’re at the start of a series and you’ve got someone like him in your dressing room or you’re in his room and everything that you say then shall and will be repeated.
“I just don’t think there is any sort of great requirement at this stage to go in.”
Hayden joined Peter Siddle in pointing out that the practice in recent years has been for teams to share a drink at the end of a series but not during.
“The tradition – just for clarity – is usually at the end of the series, that’s where is definitely happens,” Hayden said.
“During an actual tournament it rarely happens, not like the good old days.”
Anderson noted England and New Zealand had shared drinks, regardless of results, following both matches in their drawn 1-1 Test series earlier this year.
“We found that was quite an enjoyable thing, just to chew the fat after a hard Test. It didn’t matter whether we won or lost,” he said.