Melbourne: Striking a defiant pose, out of form opener Matthew Hayden said his future in Test cricket is up to him and not Australia's selectors, as long as he keeps on scoring runs.
Hayden has scored just 282 runs at an average of 23.5 in seven Tests since recovering from an Achilles injury, but said he would choose his time to exit from international cricket.
"I've got into a habit of not asking too many questions when it comes to selectors over the years. You'd have to ask them what their plans are. If I'm putting up the performances then it's just a matter of how long I want to play," the 101-Test veteran said.
The broad-shouldered opener, however, admitted he needed to perform well in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7) if he wanted to continue his career.
"Kellie my wife and I have just really put every series into context. We weigh it up, as simple as that. I'm not looking to (next year's tours of) South Africa or England at this stage. I'm looking for these next two Test matches.
"If that (performing well) is not the case then I'm vulnerable like everyone else. I feel like I'm buoyant and striking the ball really nicely," he was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.
The MCG has been a happy hunting ground for Hayden having hit six Test hundreds in the past seven years and he is hoping he would come out of form slump at the Boxing Day match.
"I think (the) Boxing Day Test match is by a long way my favourite Test match. The venue (and) where we are currently at in the series as well is going to evoke some really great emotions." Hayden admitted the Proteas, who have never won a series in Australia, have prepared exceptionally well.
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