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Matthew Hayden has been restored to the Australian one-day side boosting his hopes of playing in the World Cup in the Caribbean.

The 35-year-old left-handed opener was left out of the limited-overs team after the ODI against England at The Oval in July 2005, but has been given a lifeline as Adam Gilchrist’s opening partner in the ongoing home tri-series against England and New Zealand.

Hayden, who formed a prolific Test opening partnership with the recently-retired Justin Langer, was called up for two matches in the Malaysia DLF Cup last September, scoring 49 and 54.

The Australians have developed a formidable playing record ahead of the World Cup, winning their first Champions Trophy in India last November, beating the West Indies in the final, and unbeaten in the early stages of their home tri-series.

With the sudden retirement of No.4 batsman Damien Martyn, the batting middle order looks to be settled with skipper Ricky Ponting at three, Michael Clarke four and Mike Hussey five, with all-rounder Andrew Symonds in favour at six. Selectors are looking at Victorian leg-spinner and powerful-hitting Cameron White at No.7, while having extensive fast bowling options with the outgoing Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait and Ben Hilfenhaus.

The Australians, on their current form, are overwhelming favourites to claim their hat-trick of World Cups and fourth overall with the strongest depth of playing talent in world cricket.

They head to the Caribbean with two of the most destructive hitters in the one-day game — Gilchrist and Symonds — and with Ponting in imperious form after leading Australia to an 86-year Ashes 5-0 series whitewash of England in early January.

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      Immie Ch
      January 23rd, 2007 22:04 GMT

      While the title suggests that it is a form guide for all teams participating in worldcup the contensts have nothing to do with it. I think the title of the article is highly misleading.

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