Why is Hayden not playing?
Posted by Sports Snob on October 5, 2006
Over the years, Australia’s dominance in the one-day game has been built on the performances of Gilchrist, Ponting and the other bits and pieces players and that man, McGrath. But the role of one man is under-appreciated in the one-day format.
Australia owes a lot to Matthew Hayden. Very few countries have had openers that could play both forms of the game and play this well. His pace does not match the Gilchrist’s and he isn’t as flamboyant as Ponting is. But he is strong and powerful, he is dogged and above all, he is effective.
His performance in the DLF Cup was not exceptional but he showed us that he is capable of staying there and laying the foundation for big scores. He might start off playing only about as fast as he does in the test game but once in the groove, he is capable of taking apart any attack.
Australia did a good thing in trying him during the tournament in Malaysia (I don’t think they had too many choices!!). They should play him in the Champions Trophy. the World Cup in West Indies will be played on small grounds and Hayden is very capable of handling the spinners on the slow turners. And he is more than capoable of clearing the boundaries in those grounds.
The booming cover-drives, the swivel hook and pull and the powerful push past the bowler, he is a sight to watch when in form! I hope Austalia plays him in its world Cup team as Gillie’s opening partner. And if those two get going, there can be no stopping the Aussie juggernaut.