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Sunday, September 11, 2005

So what about him? (by worma)

The biggest topic, as we all have been discussing, is Hayden, and whether he has managed to avoid the dreaded 'sunset' ?:) Well, to me it looks like he still struggled against the good bowling, and especially on the entire first day of Aus innings. And there are indications that he will continue to do so. He is not at his fluent best. But still, if you have a century to show against the best attack in the world, who the heck cares how you play, right? And as I earlier said, I suspect he will get full backing from his captain and teammates, and thus use the little window of doubt in the selectors mind to retain the place. Here is Langer on him Over the last couple of weeks he has been under increasing pressure from various critics who have questioned his form and subsequent place in the side. Watching him fight his way back into form was a joy to watch.

I also think, that though he played well below his normal style, he was not selfish in his approach. I believe the team would planned this, and would be happy if any of their batsmen make big score in this game, going by the kind of form they all were in. He is playing the anchor role, and the others(even Langer) trying to play around him. Its new for him, but its not unconventional for an opener. So forgetting that this is 'Mat the Bat' Hayden, I think he is doing a good job in terms of run and overall approach (esp knowing the fact that he would have lasted half this distance with his normal game)


  • I think my comment about Hayden being selfish and only playing for his place have been taken seriously by some folks here. It was meant as a joke.
    I thought he batted well and did the job required of him for the team...I'm no fan of Hayden but this was a good knock. With that being said, Australia should still drop him...sooner rather than late but with immediate effect in ODI's. Micael Hussey can take his place and slowly be transitioned into the tests by the end of the year.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 05:22  

  • Worma, Hayden had lapsed into bad habits, e.g. he was charging fast bowlers in ODIs. In this game, the two centuries by the Aussies have set things up nicely. Australia are unlikely to lose and can force England to bat for three sessions. Rather than blame the batting woes on their batsmen, Australians have realised that England bowlers have been that good. If I was the Australian selector, then Michael Clarkes performances in tests would encourage me to try someone (young) who can be that good.

    By Blogger IssaicN, at 05:40  

  • clannzu, point taken about your comment. But you were not the only one with that view. And I dont think all the others were joking :)

    And yes, he should be dropped, but wont be. Meanwhile, martyn goes. He's shown a surprisingly lack of application and intent !

    By Blogger worma, at 05:42  

  • issaicn, agree about the Aussie batsmen realising that its good bowling, and changing their approach. Lets see if Gilchrist is also able to do a final good act for this series.

    By Blogger worma, at 05:50  

  • Worma,

    I see your point that it was definately a great effort from Hayden to make that century and it is even greater in light of the rest of the team's collapse and lack of form.

    But I still maintain that had an Indian batsman who is marginally in the team in this situation taken up that many balls to make a career-saving century, I don't think people would be as easy on him.

    By Blogger Sidhant, at 13:01  

  • Worma,

    Your posts are getting better and better. I love the fluency of your words.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 15:51  

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