Sydney: Hayden's woes continued in the Sydney test as Dale Steyn sent the former packing for 31 runs
The anguished Hayden was kicking himself as he trudged off because his dismissal came about because of a loss of concentration.
He had dug in through the opening session and had just looked to be finding his feet and the score he needs to reinvigorate his fading Test career.
The mode of dismissal was typical of the type of form he is in because Steyn immediately turned towards the boundary expecting to see the ball run away.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting earlier won the toss for the third time in the series and had no hesitation in batting on what looked a fine batting wicket.
The day's play started sluggishly after difficulties with the sightscreen in front of the new Trumper stand.
But there was nothing languid about the Australian's scoring rate, with Simon Katich showing off his great form by finding the boundary five times.
Katich punished anything short or wide in racing to 47 off only 52 deliveries.
He was surprisingly brought undone by Jacques Kallis, who enticed an edge straight into the waiting hands of AB de Villiers at second slip.
Ponting waltzed on to a ground where he averages 75 and fresh off 101 and 99 in the second Test at the MCG just days ago, but was gone first ball.
Morne Morkel had the notoriously dodgy starter pushing at a delivery which hit the seam and angled towards bat and pad, where it caught the inside edge and flew behind to Mark Boucher.