If you happen to don’t chortle on the Australian failures on the tour of India, you would possibly cry — and that appears to be Matthew Hayden’s method to coping with the ache of one more subcontinental batting collapse.
Hayden, incredulous at witnessing the lack of 9 wickets in 91 minutes of play throughout the first session on Day 3, ripped into the Australian’s use of the sweep after six of their ten dismissals got here by way of the cross-bat shot.
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“What we’ve seen here’s a catastrophe for Australia,” he stated.
“It’s a catastrophe as a result of they’ve gone method over the sting by way of their aggressive play.
“What skilled in life simply hopes?
“You’ve bought to have a technique and it’s a must to suppose in your ft.
Michael Clarke referred to as for the previous opener to be introduced into the Australian teaching setup, however Hayden may not be so readily welcomed after he was noticed mocking the Australians after the Delhi Check.
Haydos was snapped taking a brush out to the center of the Feroz Shah Kotla for a Star Sports activities phase, seemingly making enjoyable of the Aussies’ sweep-happy ways.
Talking on Information Corp’s ‘Cricket Et Cetera’ podcast alongside Gideon Haigh and Peter Lalor, Hayden stated the sweep shot in Delhi was fraught with hazard.
“The ball not going over the stumps means you may solely sweep on line,” he stated.
“You’ve bought to see what the Indian batsmen do and that’s come all the way down to the ball.
“When you begin shifting your ft, then they could begin tossing it broad, then the sweep shot is likely to be an choice.
“I’m by no means a giant fan of claiming don’t sweep.
“I feel that’s the incorrect mentality since you already noticed how productive the shot was.
“I’m simply saying don’t sweep each ball.”
Hayden famously used the sweep to nice impact on the 2001 tour of India, main the sequence run tally with 549 runs at a mean of 109.80.
He attributes his success to having attended a spin camp in 1999 beneath the supervision of Bishen Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna in Chennai.
Two years later Hayden scored a powerful 203 in Chennai within the third Check of the 2001 sequence.
Brett Geeves wrote in 2017 for Fox Sports activities of Hayden’s meticulous preparation for the tour, saying he “spent six months with out sleep hitting sweep pictures” on that “ruggedly ready” observe wicket in Brisbane to emulate the circumstances within the subcontinent.
“I’m advised that Hayden would replicate a full day’s play by having spinners bowl to him for 2 hours from 10:30 to 12:30 – earlier than stopping for a 40 minute lunch and going once more for a two-hour session,” Geeves wrote.
Australia head into the third Check in Indore in a state of turmoil and the sequence unwinnable, with captain Pat Cummins flying house for private causes.
In the meantime, quick bowler Josh Hazlewood has left the tour fully, having didn’t get well from an Achilles damage.
Veteran David Warner might additionally but nonetheless fly house, with scans revealing a hairline fracture in his arm on high of his concussion woes, having copped a barrage of brutal brief bowling from India’s tempo assault in Delhi.