Hayden to take call on career after Sydney Test

December 24th, 2008 - 1:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Dec 24 (ANI): Out of form Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has said that he will reassess his future after the Test series against South Africa ends next month.

Hayden, 37, has been under intense pressure to clarify if he has any plans for retirement following his recent form slump, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The imposing Queenslander has made only 282 runs at 23.5 in seven Tests since recovering from an Achilles injury.

Im still enjoying the game. Ive still got a role to play as a senior player. Ive got to perform as weve all got to perform, because thats the expectation of Australian cricket, Hayden told reporters at the MCG on Wednesday.

Its a long answer to a question I havent got an answer to really. I really want to play good Test match cricket for this next series and then see where we are at. Weve still got one-dayers and a long summer ahead of us, he said.

Kellie my wife and I have just really put every series into context. We weigh it up, as simple as that. Im not looking to (next years tours of) South Africa or England at this stage, Im looking at these next two Test matches, Hayden added.

Australias home series against South Africa will conclude in the third and final Test at the SCG.

Judging by the remarks of selection chairman Andrew Hilditch this week, Hayden still has the support of the selectors in aiming for the February-March tour of South Africa, followed by a fourth Ashes tour.

However, he desperately needs a big score in Melbourne or Sydney to relieve the frustration of several low scores, poor umpiring decisions and a couple of run outs.

The MCG, where Hayden has plundered six centuries in the past seven Boxing Day Tests, would seem to be the perfect setting for a revival. (ANI)

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