I~~m confident enough to perform well in ODIs: Hayden

Published: Friday, August 23, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Brisbane: Matthew Hayden has been a prolific run-maker for Australia in Test matches but he said on Friday that he expects more from himself in the One-day arena. Hayden has scored 2,354 runs at an average of 49.04 with eight 100s from 30 Tests, including a record 1,391 runs in the 2001 calendar year. In Limited Overs matches, the 30-year-old left-hander has managed just 1,112 runs at an average of 33.69 from 37 matches with just one century. "I know I have a role to play and that there is confidence in me to do that," Hayden told reporters as the Australians prepared in Brisbane for a tour of Kenya that starts next week. Hayden said a triangular tournament featuring Pakistan and Kenya, followed by the ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, represented important stepping-stones for Australia in its bid to retain the Ashes and the World Cup. "We've been on a break for a while now - probably the longest we've had off in a decade - and it is great to be back," Hayden said. "We're starting what is going to be a nine-month campaign and it's going to be important to get our momentum going in these two tournaments. "Now that we know where we are going and what to expect, we can prepare accordingly. You don't just arrive somewhere and play." Hayden said the players were pleased to be able to focus on the Sri Lankan tournament in the wake of an agreement reached between the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) on Thursday. Hayden and the Australian players trained on a specially prepared wicket at Allan Border Field, which was designed to replicate the type of pitches they will encounter in Sri Lanka. "It should spin a bit more than the usual practice wickets so hopefully the spinners will get a bit of turn and the batsmen can work on a few things," he said. "I don't know as much about what to expect in Kenya, although I know they do have good coffee." Meanwhile, the ACB is expected to announce the squad to prepare for the postponed Test series against Pakistan in October within the next few days. The venue of the series is yet to be confirmed, with Sri Lanka and Sharjah the most likely alternatives. Most interest in the Test squad will centre on whether national selectors retain Australian Test captain Steve Waugh and twin brother Mark, who were dumped from the One-day squad earlier this year.

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