Aussies selectors to chat with Hayden on future

Published: Friday, September 5, 2008, 15:20 [IST]
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Melbourne: Considering that injury torn Australian opener Mathhew Hayden is an automatic choice for the squad, the CA is expected to meet the hard hitting batsman to discuss the way forward with him.

The 36-year old Hayden, considered to be a regular in both the Test and one-day squads, has been out from the Australian team due to an achilles tendon injury.

He missed the away series against the West Indies earlier this year and also missed the ongoing three-match one-day series against Bangladesh after failing to recover completely from the injury.

In Hayden's absence, Australia have given another left-hander Shaun Marsh an opportunity at the top, and he, along with all-rounder Shane Watson have been doing a good job.

The success of Marsh and Watson has posed problems for the selectors, as they now start to wonder how to accommodate all three players, when Hayden returns.

However, Australia's coach Tim Nielsen confirmed that Hayden at this point stood an automatic selection into the one-day XI.

''(Marsh and Watson) could be around until the next World Cup, and 'Haydos' (Hayden) has made no secret of the fact that he doesn't think he will be. It would have been nice for Matthew to be back in the squad now.'' ''but once the (Champions Trophy) didn't happen he's been able to slow things down a bit, looking towards India,'' he said.

''We'll sit down with him and the selectors will sit down with him and work out where he's moving over the next 12 months and how he'd like to go about that,'' Nielsen added.


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