Hayden vows Aussie fightback at Kotla

October 26th, 2008 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Out-of-form Australian opener Matthew Hayden Sunday vowed to fight back against India in the four-Test series after his side was handed a 320-run thrashing at Mohali.”We are one down and we are not used to this kind of a situation. It has not happened in a very long time and there is a lot of pressure. But Australia play all the elements of the game very well and we have a fighting culture,” Hayden told reporters at Ferozeshah Kotla here, after the team went through the paces in an extended three-hour session.

“We played well in Bangalore but did not get the results. The Indians played well in Mohali. We will look to work on the basic elements of the game batting, bowling and fielding very well. We worked on that today and let us see how we can replicate some of those things in the coming thirteen days on the tour.”

Despite having a flourishing record against India, Hayden has been going through a lean patch with the bat. But the 36-year-old veteran declared that it won’t be long before he will strike form.

“I know that expectations are high from me. I have put in a lot of hard work in my batting but it has not paid off well. But I am confident. A big score from Hayden is just round the corner.”

Asked about being Zaheer’s bunny in the series, Hayden said he too has enjoyed an upper hand against the fast bowler.

“When a bowler is successful, it means that certain strategy is working for him. I have also enjoyed success against Zaheer and he knows it too. I have no problem with the new ball. It skids and swings and that’s the challenge as an opener I enjoy.”

Much has been said about the Australians’ learning to reverse swing the ball the Indian way. Zaheer and Ishant Sharma got the ball to reverse swing in both the Tests as early as in the 10th over which did the trick.

“Australia have come across this in the past in the sub-continent tours and it is nothing new for us. We do understand that this is weapon in the modern game. We do not take it as a threat.”

Asked that Australia have been subdued in their on-field demeanour, Hayden said they have always displayed “professionalism”.

“We are aggressive but we play fair and have good intent. That is the part of our culture.”

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