The Australian cricket team is in India for a four-match Test series as a part of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2022-23. The two teams have already played two out of the four Tests which were won by India and that too by handsome margins. While India beat Australia in the first Test by an inning and 132 runs, the Rohit Sharma-led team emerged victorious in the second Test by six wickets.
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These two defeats and the manner in which Australia lost have sparked a debate back in Down Under. Everyone from the Australian media to former cricketers is questioning the batters’ intent and why they are failing miserably against the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Amid all this debate, former Australia batter Matthew Hayden was asked by his fellow commentator if he is ready to help his team if asked.
The 51-year-old straightaway put his hands up and said that there are no second thoughts about doing something for his team whatsoever. "One hundred per cent, at any time of the day or night, it is a given that myself -- and I'm sure I speak for anyone else that I represent that would have that kind of influence- would 100 per cent be in," Hayden was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
Notably, Matthew Hayden was Australia's one of the best batters. The left-handed batter had impressive numbers against top teams in Test cricket. Hayden ended his career with a batting average of 50.73 in Tests. In India, Hayden maintained a batting average of 51.35.
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Speaking of his coaching experience, Hayden worked with the Pakistan cricket team as a mentor for the T20 World Cup 2022. The former Australian was seen motivating the players many times. Under him, Pakistan also made it to the final of the T20 World Cup.