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Test series to be a different ball game, says Hayden

Hyderabad, Oct 6 (UNI) Australian opener Matthew Hayden today brushed aside the claims that Ricky Ponting has arrived with a team which is loaded with inexperience and said all the pre-series talk about the poor form of the visting team would count for nothing when the Test series gets underway.

The Australians, looked completely out of sorts in the three innings on the tour of India so far and have struggled to cope against the spinners here.

Hayden, who has been a very successfull batsmen against India, has only managed just 50 runs in the three innings that he has played so far.

''It's easy to say that (it's India's best chance), you can say all sorts of stuff, e'll see.

''I don't think there's any one factor that we're really struggling at, but we'll see, and that's going to be up to us in their country to produce a good result,'' Hayden said.

''From my perspective, to get into that space that is very unique to these conditions is the most important thing, rather than hitting billions of balls and getting lots of time in the middle, I think the Test matches are where I want to try to do that, and I know how to play well here for sure.

He added that he has done a lot of work on his batting so as to bat well in India.

''I've done a lot of the foundations to batting well, and even yesterday after I got out I was able to go out to the nets and work on something specific to do with what I need to get ready for on Thursday, so I feel in a really good spot,'' Hayden stated.

Hayden also said a lot shouldn't be made of the practice games, which the Aussies used to get acclimatised to the Indian conditions.

''Although we probably haven't hit the ground running so far as a performance goes, I think just to get your mind into that space of a) how you're going to play the longer version of the game, and b) how you're going to play it in this territory, I reckon is such a brilliant way to get involved,'' he added.


Story first published: Monday, October 6, 2008, 20:34 [IST]
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