Matthew Hayden has bid farewell to his Test opening partner Justin Langer and now wants to partner Adam Gilchrist in the Australian team all the way to this year's World Cup final.
Hayden and Justin Langer opened for the last time in Australia's 10-wicket final Ashes Test win over England on Thursday in Sydney.
He said he wanted to re-ignite his opening stand with Gilchrist, starting with this month's one-day triangular series against England and New Zealand.
Hayden's limited overs career appeared over when he lost his spot after the 2005 tour of England, but he is now intent on staying put throughout 2007.
Shane Watson opened with Gilchrist during last year's Champions Trophy win in India, but his hamstring injury has given Hayden passage into Tuesday's Twenty20 clash against England in Sydney and the opening tri-series clash against England in Melbourne.
Hayden wants to take that chance all the way to the World Cup in the Caribbean, having opened with Gilchrist through the 2003 triumph in South Africa.
"Safe to say I'm pretty happy," Hayden told reporters here today.
"It's a great opportunity for me and I just feel really lucky to be a part of the next six months of cricket."
Hayden and Gilchrist averaged stands of 52 throughout the 2003 World Cup, and put on 105 in the win over India in the final.