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Warne had the wrong strategy in India: Hayden

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New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Shane Warne''s problem in India wasthat he simply tried to spin the ball too much since big turnnever worried the Indian who have played it "almost from thecradle", says his former teammate Matthew Hayden.

Hayden wrote in his autobiography "Standing My Ground"that Warne chose a wrong strategy in spin-friendly tracks ofIndia by only thinking of turning the ball too much.

"I thought Warnie''s problem in India was simply that hetried to spin the ball too much. Big turn never worried theIndians. They have played it almost from the cradle.

"Warnie would have been better bowling a straighter line,keeping the pressure on with sliders and zooters and othermore subtle tricks," Hayden wrote while recalling how VVSLaxman and Rahul Dravid orchestrated one of the most memorableTest wins after following-on at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in2001.

"There was no question Warnie had the ability to test theIndians, and it was never a matter of them being too good forhim. He just had the wrong strategy," he said.

He also said Warne would not have achieved much successhad he been made Australian captain as he often wants to be onhis own and the first one to break strict team rules.

"Strategically, Warne might have made a great Testcaptain, but I am not sure he''d have been as successful as thetwo men chosen ahead of him, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting,because he would not have been as inclusive as they were,"Hayden wrote.

Hayden cited one instance when Warne gave a damn to theteam rules -- during the much-criticised boot camp conceivedby coach John Buchanan as a means of team bonding before the2006 Ashes in Australia.

"On first day, we were taken to a warehouse. All we wereallowed to take was a backpack, a sleeping bag, a hutchie, acouple of shirts, two pairs of socks, some undies, joggers andsmall items. Predictably, Warne had too much stuff, includingseveral packets of Benson

Story first published: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 9:31 [IST]
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