''The Indian series is one of the great challenges in cricket and I feel up to it mentally,'' Hayden told mediapersons here. Hayden was the most successful Australian batsman during the tour of India in 2000-01, when he slog-swept his way to 549 runs, an Australian record for a three-Test series. The burly left-hander, however, did not enjoy a very auspicious start to the tour this time round, scoring a total of just 34 runs in his two innings against the Board President's XI in the four-day match which ended in a draw here yesterday.
But Hayden is determined not to let the disappointment at Hyderabad upset him mentally and is keen to replicate the success of 2000-01.
''I have had success in India, so I am feeling pretty confident.
The previous tours here have been actually the greatest preparation for me,'' he said. ''I am feeling very comfortable and confident with my game at the moment.''