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'I won't quit, have a responsibility to help new faces'

Critics have been baying for his head, but Australian opener Matthew Hayden says he wants to carry on as he believes he has the responsibility to usher in a new generation.

cricket Updated: Jan 02, 2009 16:21 IST

Critics have been baying for his head, but Australian opener Matthew Hayden says he wants to carry on as he believes he has the responsibility to usher in a new generation.

"It's our jobs as senior players to base and create a foundation in the baggy green which as senior players we have to instill," Hayden said.

"There's a responsibility for senior players to stand up," he added.

Hayden even got support from unexpected quarters with South African coach Micky Arthur backing him to play in the Ashes this year.

Arthur is worried by the prospect of a Hayden returning to form in the third Test at the SCG as he claimed South Africa's ability to subdue the batting veteran had plunged Australian cricket into crisis with their first home series loss after 1992-93.

"We are fearing a resurgent Matthew Hayden at the SCG. Hayden is a legend of the game. I know he is a fighter and it looks like his Test career is on the line. Hayden and Graeme Smith are the two guys in world cricket with the most presence.