Saturday, January 26, 2008

Australia vs India 4th Test: Matthew Hayden's 30th Test century set Australia 322 for 3

The 36 year old Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has become the sixth player to score 30th Test century against India team in the third day of the last Test.

He is the oldest permanent member of his side and most of the players of his time already take retirement but Hayden is now superb form. He is hoping to take retirement after 13 months.

Matthew Hayden, who is the permanent member since his debut, made 103 that put him in a select group comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh as the players who have scored 30 or more Test hundreds.

It was his third Test century after tons in Melbourne and Sydney in this home series. He made a 159 runs partnership in opening stand. He missed the third Test in Perth because of his thigh injury that broke a run of 86 consecutive Test appearances. Now, Australia lost the third Test against India team and lost the hope of making new record of 17th consecutive Test win.

Matthew Hayden took part all the 16 consecutive Test win.

Matthew Hayden made his debut in Test at Johannesburg against South Africa in 1994. He has played 94 Test matches for his team where he scored 8139 with the highest score of 380 at an average of 53.19.

His Test century set Australia team 322 for 3 against India’s hard chasing score. He has done his job with the bat nicely. Now, it is the time for middle order to prove their talent.

Matthew Hayden can continue his form then he can break anyone’s record in Test cricket.

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