Criticism ahead of Ashes opener gives Aussies an edge over England: Hayden

Sunday, November 21, 2010

SYDNEY - Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden believes that stinging criticism ahead of the Ashes series has given the home team an edge over an England team lulled by their smooth preparation.

Key Australian players like Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Clarke and Marcus North have been under immense pressure to perform, but Hayden reckons that it will work in Australia’s favour.

“I think it has been really good to see this week someone like Mike Hussey being under immense pressure and to bat for his career. And you know what, he came through with the goods,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hayden, as saying.

“He got a good hundred under pressure. And that is going to stand him in terrific stead come the first day of the Gabba Test match. That’s the edge we have over England who have had a bit of a sleepier start to their tour,” he added.

The 39-year-old is further confident that the Ricky Ponting-led team would be eager regain the Ashes and the world No.1 ranking.

“We burn when we don’t win. In our era it was almost ‘oh they’ve won again’ sort of attitude,” Hayden said.

“Nowit’s like we haven’t got the Ashes and we want to go and get them - that comes through immense pride and national spirit,” he added. (ANI)

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