Australia late in capitalising on T20 – Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden, the former Australia opener, has said Australia missed an opportunity to capitalise on the enormous potential of Twenty20 cricket when the format was still in its developing stages. He claimed the desire to protect 50-over cricket – Australia’s own creation – and a primary focus on Tests and ODIs when the IPL was yet to materialise may have contributed to Australia’s delay in cashing in on Twenty20. Hayden also spoke of the need to make one-day cricket more meaningful and exciting for fans and players alike.

It took a while to get used to the Mongoose – Hayden

As the IPL season heads to the halfway mark, Chennai Super Kings star batsman Matthew Hayden, who participated in an online chat session with Cricinfo’s readers, believed that the key to reviving his side’s lukewarm campaign was to get on a winning roll.

“I love the Chennai Super Kings and being in Chennai and I still believe we have a good chance to make the semi-finals but as you know we have to start winning and keep winning,” Hayden said. “Unfortunately we have had a few results which could have easily gone the other way and which would have made a great difference to our season, however I do not like to look backwards and I’m now looking forward with a very positive mind and with a very determined team to deliver the results that we know that we can achieve.”

Hayden turns big chase into cakewalk

India, say hello to the Mongoose, the shorter, thicker bat with the longer handle. You already knew Matthew Hayden, but might have forgotten him momentarily after his ordinary start this year. On Friday, the two combined in a deadly manner. Hayden smacked 93 off 43 balls to almost singlehandedly chase down Delhi Daredevils’ imposing target. Delhi’s innings featured a similarly dominant effort. If Hayden scored 93 of the 142 while at crease, Virender Sehwag pummelled 74 out of 103.

Hayden suggests scrapping Champions Trophy

haydenMatthew Hayden, the former Australia opener, has suggested scrapping the Champions Trophy and creating a two-month window for the IPL in order to revive spectator interest in the game.

“Playing the World Twenty20 every other year is too much,” Hayden wrote in his column in the Independent. “And why have the Champions Trophy when you’ve already got a 50-over World Cup?”

The Champions Trophy was postponed to September 2009 and shifted to South Africa after teams expressed security concerns about playing in Pakistan last year. The ICC has been trying to rebrand the tournament as a short two-week elite tournament played at just two venues – Wanderers and Johannesburg.

Hayden warns Pietersen to expect long recovery

kevinMatthew Hayden has warned Kevin Pietersen that his comeback from an Achilles injury could be the toughest battle of his career, after it was confirmed the England batsman was admitted to a central London hospital for treatment on an infection in the stitching of his surgically-repaired right ankle.

Pietersen, who underwent the operation two-and-a-half weeks ago after England’s victory in the second Test at Lord’s, is expected to be discharged on Wednesday after spending two nights in hospital. He has been placed on a course of antibiotics and will be reassessed later in the week before resuming his rehabilitation programme, but Hayden, who also sustained a high-profile Achilles problem during the first season of IPL, said that it was a problem that was unlikely to go away.

Pietersen’s Achilles worsened during IPL

petersenKevin Pietersen’s participation in the IPL will come under further scrutiny after it emerged his Achilles injury deteriorated while on duty with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. According to Evan Speechly, Bangalore’s assistant coach and physiotherapist, Pietersen aggravated his right Achilles while jogging along Durban’s beachfront and returned to England for the home series against West Indies experiencing increased discomfort.

Pietersen reported for IPL duty with a pre-existing Achilles problem, sustained during England’s ill-fated tour of the Caribbean. The ECB, who dispatched senior medical officers Simon Timson and Nick Pierce to South Africa to monitor their IPL-contracted players, outlined a revised training plan for Pietersen, the Bangalore captain, which the franchise’s medical staff strictly enforced.

Use World Twenty20 to build Ashes momentum – Gough

GoughDarren Gough believes England can use the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 to build vital momentum ahead of Australia’s arrival later this summer, and that they will go into the Ashes as favourites after the team gelled impressively during the recent Test series victory over West Indies.

Tests and Twenty20s may be chalk and cheese but Gough knows from personal experience just how significant a factor momentum can be, after his starring role in England’s crushing 100-run victory in the first Twenty20 between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl in 2005.

Jaques won’t give up on Test spot

PhilPhil Jaques will continue to fight to regain his national spot despite suffering a setback in his recovery from a severe back problem when he was dropped from Australia’s contract list on Thursday. Jaques has opened in 11 Tests for the team and scored 108 in his last match 11 months ago, but he was cut from the XI in India and returned home for surgery.

His comeback began towards the end of the season and did not go well, with him requiring a second operation on his back and Phillip Hughes capturing the vacancy created by Matthew Hayden’s retirement. “It is obviously very disappointing,” he said in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Hayden and Badrinath mastermind tricky chase

badrinathMatthew Hayden and Shane Warne. Sixty-nine Tests together, the last 12 of them wins, but today they would decide who’d win this IPL game and go to the top of the table. There could be only one winner, and on the night it was Hayden. Chasing 141 Chennai Super Kings were in for a tough one, with the pitch turning square and staying slow and Warne looking like pulling off something special. Hayden, though, attacked clinically, played like a workman in between those assaults, and ensured Chennai beat Rajasthan for the second time in this IPL. He had with him S Badrinath, who went from being a supporting act to a lead player towards the end.

Hayden and Raina clinch thriller

super-kingsKings XI Punjab made Chennai Super Kings really sweat in a spirited chase towards a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 187, but when it mattered most MS Dhoni’s tactical nous won it for Chennai. Simon Katich had set the tone for Punjab’s bravado, and Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardene batted superbly in the face of adversity, adding 60 in just 4.3 overs under lights. Then, with 43 left to defend off 24 balls, Dhoni took pace off the ball by calling on Suresh Raina’s part-time offspin. Only 10 runs came off his two overs, which provided to be the final twist of the match.