Hayden to adopt bold style to counter Indian swing, spin

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Melbourne, Jan.23 : In form Australian left-hand opener Matthew Hayden has revealed that he may adopt a bold style of play against India's pace and spin bowlers in the fourth Test in Adelaide, starting tomorrow.

Having declared himself fit after finally feeling free of a hamstring tendon strain that kept him out of the third Test in Perth, Hayden said the Australians had already discussed how to counter the swing of left-armers R P Singh and Irfan Pathan.

"I'll be proactive in the way I react if the ball starts to swing in Adelaide. I'll be taking an off stump guard and I'll be definitely batting a long way out of my crease because I'm not worried about pace bowlers delivering at 130(km/h).

"If they want to bowl short I might leave myself a little bit vulnerable, but I fancy my chances in Adelaide.

"I know where my off stump is so I can leave the ball and if they do bowl straight I can hit them straight, which is where I want to hit. I don't want to be cover driving with the ball moving away from me."

Hayden claimed the Perth Test should be considered in isolation because of the different conditions, with its extra pace, bounce and swing.

Conditions in Adelaide look so good for batting that Ricky Ponting told his team-mates "if there's any doubt about Matty, he'll go there and have one look at the wicket, then he'll definitely be playing".

"It just looks a great wicket again. It looks amazing," Hayden said.

Jaques agreed that the left-arm bowlers swinging away from the left-handed batsmen were a problem for him.

The opener admitted he had not been at his best at the WACA Ground, where he got out cheaply twice to Irfan Pathan, and said he had to work on moving his feet more.

He said the Australians would not go back into their shells after the loss or the hysteria that surrounded the win in the second Test at Sydney.

Jaques has played only seven Tests, but already has two career hundreds and has scored two half centuries against India.

"Matt coming back into the side will make a difference to our team and give us a whole lot of confidence. He's a fine player, with a fine record," The Australian quoted Jacques, as saying.

Meanwhile, Indian wicketkeeper M S Dhoni has watched the Australians bat from behind the stumps in all forms of the game and believes they are vulnerable against swing.

The Jaques-Hayden partnership has yet to display the same levels of public affection as the one Hayden had with his little mate Justin Langer, but Jaques says he is getting there.

ANI

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