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Hayden hopes to conjure one-day magic

By Will Swanton 06/01/2005 08:47:11 PM Comments (0)

Australian opener Matthew Hayden believes the arrival of the one-day circus will reinvigorate his batting but admits he's looking forward to briefly being rested from the side after a six-month stretch of virtually non-stop cricket.

Hayden said he expected Australia to adopt a rotational policy among its entire squad during the tri-series against Pakistan and the West Indies after he, and others, were described by coach John Buchanan as "jaded".

Buchanan also praised Stuart MacGill for accepting his role as a sporadic Test player destined to continue living in Shane Warne's shadow.

Hayden made just 128 runs in six innings in the Tests against Pakistan which, for him, was an unusually poor return. No-one has been questioning his prowess, rather trying to work out how he can be helped to rediscover the golden touch that made him the world's best batsman from 2001 to 2003.

The consensus is that giving Hayden time to indulge in his favourite pastimes - fishing, surfing and cooking - is all he needs.

"There have been no actual decisions yet but I think Cricket Australia will be moving us all in and out of the team, rotating everyone throughout the squad," Hayden told AAP from Brisbane.

"You can assume I'll be one of those players somewhere along the line. I'm keen for a rest, that will be good, but so are a few of the guys. I actually think we've done an extraordinary job recently.

"It's been a long road for us. We went from Holland in August straight to India for six weeks, then back home and straight into the Tests against New Zealand and Pakistan. I really think everyone has done a remarkable job."

Hayden will play for the World XI in the day-night tsunami charity game against an Asian XI at the MCG on Monday before Australia takes on the West Indies at the same ground four days later.

"I'm really enjoying the challenge at the moment," said Hayden, going through his only lean trot since becoming a world-beater almost four years ago.

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