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Matthew Hayden ready to help solve Australian batting woes against Indian spinners: report




Legendary batsman Matthew Hayden is ready to solve Australia’s batting problems in the ongoing Test series. Australia suffered heavy losses in Nagpur and New Delhi with the Indian spinners led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja taking 32 wickets for a total of 40 wickets in the two Tests. Commenting on the series for host broadcaster Star Sports, Hayden said that he would happily put his hand up to help Australia beat the Indian spinners and that he would do it for nothing.

“One hundred percent, any time of the day or night, it’s a given that I — and I’m sure I speak for anyone else I represent who would have that kind of influence — would 100 percent be in ,” Hayden was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

The 51-year-old left-handed batsman said, “Whenever I am asked to do anything, I have always said yes at any time of the day.”

Former captain Michael Clarke has asked the visiting team management to make use of the expertise of Hayden, who averaged 110 in the epic 2001 tour under Steve Waugh and was also part of the victorious Adam Gilchrist-led team in 2004. Were the only Australia side to win a Test series in India since 1969.

Hayden said he would “certainly” not blame Cricket Australia for his time with the Australian team, but wanted the governing body to give current players access to previous generations.

“You can’t alienate them (former players). If you want the crème de la crème, you can at least respect them. If you are in the CA role, there should be a system, how do we get do.” Intellectual property in our players? That’s the key,” he said.

He went on to highlight India batsman Shreyas Iyer’s close relationship with Ricky Ponting during their time together at IPL franchise Delhi Capitals and Matthew Mott’s role in England’s T20 World Cup triumph, to explain how other countries are looking for Australia’s best coaching talent. are using it.

Hayden, who scored 8625 runs in 103 Tests between 1994 and 2009 at an average of 50.73, said he sympathizes with coach Andrew McDonald as teams no longer have time to prepare extensively for tours.

“It’s just not possible because a week before we got here everyone was ranting about their superstars not playing in the Big Bash League – and yet they’ve got a Test match nine days later,” Hayden said.

“This is where I really don’t envy Andrew McDonald’s role. He has to figure out what to prioritize in terms of his playing group, of which he has zero per cent control over a two-month period because of the IPL .

“Part of that term would be, ‘What do we want the guys to win?’ Because if it’s India, we know what it takes to win there.” McDonald has said he is open to accompanying Hayden if the players want to use him on top of their existing coaching staff.

“If Matthew can add value to individual players, I’m sure those individual players will certainly be in talks with him,” the coach said.

McDonald defended the team’s preparation for the series in India, saying that they would not have changed what they did in the lead-up.

The coach also introduced a cheeky backhander to Hayden to criticize the team’s overuse of the sweep shot. Hayden used a broom to talk colorfully in a segment of Star Sports.

“Did he even manage to sweep?” McDonald said.

“Just throwing the question out there.” India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series.

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