I deserve a voice after playing 103 Tests: Matthew Hayden to Ravi Shastri

Following Matthew Hayden's criticism of the Nagpur pitch, India's team director Ravi Shastri had hit out at the former Australia cricketer.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: December 2, 2015 2:24 pm
Matthew Hayden, Ravi Shastri, Hayden Shastri, Shastri Hayden, Nagpur Pitch, India South Africa Nagpur, Nagpur India South Africa, Cricket News, Cricket Former Australia opener criticised the Nagpur strip where India won inside three days. (Source: Twitter)

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has responded to Ravi Shastri’s jibe at critics of the spin-friendly Nagpur pitch for the third Test against South Africa, saying “I deserve a voice for the betterment of cricket” after playing 103 Test matches.

India wrapped up the match at Jamtha in two and half days after bowling out South Africa for a record low 79 in their first innings, ending the Proteas’ nine-year run without a defeat on foreign shores.

As many as 20 wickets fell on Day 2 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, raising questions about the pitch.

Following Hayden and Glenn Maxwell’s criticism of the pitch, India’s team director Shastri hit out at the Australians.

“Let them sit in Australia and talk about their pitches. Tell them not to waste their time about Indian tracks. Come and play here,” Shastri, a former India all-rounder, was quoted as saying.

Taking exception to Shastri’s comments at an event here, Hayden said, “After a 103 Test matches, I deserve a voice and I will have that voice for the betterment of cricket. And there some terrific reactions. For example, Ravi Shastri just said the popular view ‘Go back home and worry about your own pitches’.”

The 44-year-old said his comments on the pitch was made on the basis of loving the sport.

“Non-Indian commenting on the conditions in India and I reckon probably 80 percent said ‘mind your business and go back to Australia and worry about your own country’ which is fair enough.

“But 20 percent of the people that understand the game and have a great passion for the game, a comment like mine whether they like or not is from the base of loving this sport, from the base of loving conditions and also experiencing diverse conditions across the world,” Hayden said.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had earlier described the “minefield” pitch as “diabolical” on Twitter, while Hayden was disappointed to “see the quality of Test cricket reduced to what we are witnessing”.

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  1. T
    Dec 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    Ravi Shastri is one who enjo maximum under Srini regime. Hayden should ignore Shastri
    1. A
      Dec 2, 2015 at 11:40 am
      even in current Aus-NZ series....Aus beat NZ within 3 days....no one spoke about it...even aus is having home ground and favorable pitch (fast pitch). In Asian countries, from initial days, spin pitch is present not the fast one. Then why is so much of talk about the spin pitch. Will Aus prepare the spin pitch for any visiting team at their venue?
      1. Vidyaranya Bellur
        Dec 3, 2015 at 3:55 am
        There is a limit to intolerance these days, really. In England soon the visiting countries wl demand that the ball shouldn't swing from the first over; and in OZ no bounce! We respect that Hyden has pla over a 100 tests. We also respect those voices who speak from their mouth.
        1. R
          Dec 2, 2015 at 11:23 am
          Chalo, Hayden bhai. Why dont take a page from the "seculars" book? Call Shastri intolerant, then return your awards, and threaten to leave India (or in your case threaten to never visit India).
          1. I
            Dec 3, 2015 at 3:26 am
            1. Test tracks are expected to support swing and bounce on the 1st day and gradually support spin. It is certainly weird to have tracks which start supporting from the 1st ball. In this sense, it is illogical to compare with the seaming/bouncy tracks of Aus, SA, Eng or NZ. 2. These tracks have also hidden the fact Indian batsmen have fared worse against the opposition spinners than the opposition batsmen against Ashwin & co ?
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