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Aussie Star Matthew Hayden Arrives In Chennai

By on April 3, 2009

Matthew Hayden

Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden arrived here last night and will be joining the Chennai Super Kings practice session on Friday in preparations for the 2009 Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament commencing in South Africa on April 18.

An obviously tired Hayden after the long flight across several time zones, preferred to rest today, said VB Chandrasekar, director-cricketing operations, Chennai Super Kings.

“He arrived in Chennai late last night and opted out of practice session today. But Hayden will be joining the team at their practice session tomorrow morning,” he said.

Meanwhile, player-coach Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand captain, is expected to join the team at the weekend ahead of their departure to South Africa on April 8.

Hayden played a crucial role in the inaugural tournament last year by scoring 189 runs in the four matches with a strike rate of 144 and averaging 63.

His performance at the top of the batting order helped Super Kings to win their opening four games that laid a strong foundation for their entry into the knock-out rounds.

Hayden was available for only four games in view of his international commitments with Australian team and the 37-year old Queenslander is yet again expected to play a lead role in the team’s campaign in South Africa.

He announced his retirement from international cricket after a 15-year career early this year and hence is expected to be available for all the matches in the 2009 IPL.

Hayden, nicknamed Haydos, played 103 Tests scoring 8,625 runs (av: 50.73) and 161 ODIs (6,133 runs, av: 43.80) for Australia.

Hayden is one of 10 foreign players that the Super Kings have signed up, the others being: Michael Hussey and George Bailey (Australia), Andrew Flintoff (England), Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel (South Africa), Muttaiah Muralitharan and Thilan Thusara (Sri Lanka), Jacob Oram and Stephen Fleming (New Zealand).

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