Hayden vows to uphold 'purity' of Australia's baggy green cap

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Sydney, Mar 28 (UNI) Opening batsman Matthew Hayden, who was reprimanded by Cricket Australia (CA) for calling Harbhajan an ''obnoxious weed'' during India's tour of Australia, has vowed to uphold what he calls the 'purity' of Australia's baggy green cap in honour of the late cricket icon Bill Brown.

Hayden made the comments as a guest speaker at a celebration here yesterday of the life of former Australian opener Brown, a member of Don Bradman's 1948 Invincibles, who died last week aged 95.

''It (cricket today) has I think tended to lose its purity that this (Brown's) great era of cricket has produced,'' Hayden said.

''I would have to put my hand up as well in delivering that and keeping those traditions in the game. That's a position I take very seriously. I need to continue on and keep making sure that's strong in Australian cricket,'' he explained.


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