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Substandard Bengaluru, Pune Tracks Didn't Help India: Matthew Hayden

Hayden opined that India are good enough to play on 'good wickets' and by playing on such tracks, they don't hold an extra edge against the Aussies.

Cricketnext Staff |March 13, 2017, 4:08 PM IST
Substandard Bengaluru, Pune Tracks Didn't Help India: Matthew Hayden

New Delhi: Legendary Australian Opener Matthew Hayden has hit out at the 'substandard' pitches that were used in the first and second Tests between India and Australia in Pune and Bengaluru respectively.

Hayden opined that India are good enough to play on 'good wickets' and by playing on such tracks, they don't hold an extra edge against the Aussies.

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"The Test matches were on substandard pitches, It’s strange because India are good enough to play on good surfaces which naturally break up and start to turn. The fact that Nathan Lyon took eight in the first innings of a Test match says it all," Hayden was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

The southpaw also had a piece of advice to give to Steven Smith and his troops, who are still trying to decode the spin threat posed by ICC's top ranked bowlers R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

"I have played some great Indian spinners and this attack is as good as any that I have played. These guys are world class. The sweep shot is vital to have on Indian conditions, but having said that, I conditioned myself to play the shot through 10 years of first-class cricket. So it does take time and if you are not comfortable then it is a shot which should not be forced," said Hayden.

It must be noted that Hayden was one of the better player of spin and knew how to bat in the Indian subcontinent. During the three-match series in 2001, Hayden slammed 549 runs at an astonishing average of 109.

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