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Aussies keen to keep attacking: Hayden

By Jim Morton 18/12/2003 07:06:46 PM Comments (0)

Opener Matthew Hayden has declared that Australia is prepared to risk more Test cricket losses by holding steadfastly to its ultra-attacking approach.

Hayden maintained he and his team-mates wouldn't shelve their batting aggression in spite of the shock second Test loss to India at Adelaide this week.

Coach John Buchanan criticised his batsmen for some "immature" shots after the four-wicket defeat which turned India's way when Australia was bowled out for 196 in its second innings.

Critics suggested the world No.1's all-out attack left it vulnerable when a more circumspect batting was required on the fourth day with a small first-innings lead.

But Hayden, one of three top-order batsmen to be caught playing injudicious strokes, said Australia would continue to live and die by the sword.

"We thoroughly enjoy the way we play the game," he said.

"To my mind attacking cricket will cost you somewhere along the line, there is no question of that.

"But that's the way we play, that's the culture within our side and that's why the Australian public is rallying to support us.

"We've had capacity crowds to Test matches for the last couple of years and I hope that continues because that's the type of cricket we like playing."

Hayden, to make a rare Pura Cup appearance for Queensland on Friday against South Australia, has been deposed as the world No.1-ranked batsman by Brian Lara.

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