Last man standing : Hayden

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 19:16 [IST]
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Hayden launches biography

Sydney : 'Last Man Standing' the biography of former Australian opener Matthew Hayden was launched by him on Sunday.

This biography features some in depth facts about the cricketer with also throwing light on not so serious side of the south paw from Australia.

Sydney Morning Herald reported that, celebrated cricket journalist Robert Craddock after more than 100 hours of interview over a period of two years with Hayden wrote this biography.

The biography was launched by the cricketer himself at the Queensland Cricket Club.

The biography traces back into Hayden's childhood days and talks about his obsession for the baggy green till the journey of the left hander who proved his critics wrong by becoming one of the most successful openers of all time.

The Australian expressed about the highs and lows that he went through his career, the battle that he has to fight with himself and the selectors to prove his real worth, he has even admitted being in the firing line of verbal attacks. Hayden has also expressed his love for his wife, his family and friends who have always been there to support him in his time of need.

The biography was launched by well known radio personality of Sydney,Allan Jones who is also a very close friend of Sir Donald Bradman. There was a sea of famous personalities at the launch event among whom were Hayden's former team mates from Queensland Trevor Barsby and Jimmy Maher, former coach John Buchanan, national catching coach Mike Young and former Australian selector and team mate Mrev Huges.

Talking about Hayden , Jones recollected his conversation with the then Australian captain Steve Waugh, when he asked whether if there was a problem looming with the openers, to which Waugh answered, "I''m telling you, we''ve got a bloke here that is going to be the greatest opening batsman the country has ever seen".

"Matthew took opening to a new level with his aggressive, dominating style. As a captain the greatest joy you can have is seeing a player fulfil his potential, which Haydos certainly did," he added.


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