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Matthew Hayden blasts at Cricket Australia for their decision in the Test series against India

January 21, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden was clearly not impressed with Cricket Australia’s decision making in the 2020 Border Gavaskar Trophy. Hayden stated that Cricket Australia’s decision to play the final Test at the Gabba is the reason why the hosts lost the final test of the 4 match Test series. Usually, Australia plays the 1st Test of the series at the Gabba. However, this time it was the other way. The 1st Test took place at the Adelaide Oval, and the Gabba held the final test of the 2020 Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Matthew Hayden stated that the Gabba usually boosts the aggressiveness within the Australians. It instills a sense of fear in the visiting team. Australia has a solid record at the Gabba in the Test format. They haven’t lost a single Test match at the Gabba in this century. If Australia would have played the 1st Test at the Gabba, they would continue their aggressive form into the remaining 3 Test matches. This, in turn, would put pressure on the Men in Blue. However, even after Australia won the 1st Test, they lacked that aggression needed to fight against a team like India.

Moreover, playing the final Test at the Gabba put the Australians under a lot of pressure. This is because they did not want to ruin the good sanctity of this ground. It turned out to go exactly in that way. India made quite a remarkable comeback, beating Australia 2-1 to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Hayden concluded by stating that the Cricket Australia board was quite arrogant going on with this decision. He felt that the administration was wrong to tamper with the mundane set of rules.

India showed a lot of grit to beat Australia down under: Mitchell Johnson

Former Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson was nothing but praises for the Men in Blue. Johnson felt that India had the grit and determination to make such a comeback. Johnson felt that the odds were stacked against the visitors. India was suffering because of the growing injury list. After India suffered a heavy defeat in the 1st Test, not many hoped that the team could make a comeback. However, the game of cricket never ceases to surprise. On the final day of the 4th Test, India successfully chased down a total of 328 to go on and retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy. India is now no 1 in the ICC World Test Championship rankings table.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh