Sydney: Legendary South African cricketer Barry Richards believes that Matthew Hayden can revitalise his Test career by using Allan Border as his mature age role model.
Richards believes the mounting scrutiny of Hayden"s Test place has prompted him to adopt an aggressive mindset where he is trying to prove people wrong.
He feels Hayden, 37, is at his best when he adopts the more patient style that triggered his return to form with a century against England at the Oval in 2005 after a lengthy form slump, FOX Sports reported.
“There has been so much talk about his retirement I reckon he has decided that he will show people he can still play. He has become very aggressive and that is hard to do when you get older. There are plenty of aggressive players in the team. They don"t need him to play that role," Richards said.
“He can still pay his way as an accumulator. Allan Border did that beautifully towards the end of his career. You looked up at the scoreboard and he would be 20 or 30 without any fuss at all. He can still play. There is no doubt about that. Those three boundaries Matthew hit on the first day of the Test proved that."
South Africa batting legend Richards has watched Hayden"s career closely after being chief executive of Queensland Cricket when Hayden made his first class debut in 1991-1992.
Hayden respects Richards'' opinion and has always claimed a throwaway line from him that Hayden reminded him of a young Graeme Pollock gave him great motivation early in his career when many judges felt his technique was too cumbersome for him to succeed at first-class level.
However, former South Africa and Australia batsmen Kepler Wessels believes Hayden can comfortably make next year"s Ashes tour.