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Hayden to avenge 2005 Ashes loss

Mathew Hayden said he is looking forward to tour England next year and atone for Aussies' shock Ashes series loss 3 years ago.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Melbourne
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2008 09:33 PM IST

Matthew Hayden is the oldest current Australian Test cricketer but the opening batsman says he would want to revenge their 2005 Ashes defeat before retiring.

The 36-year-old right hander said he has no immediate plans to retire and was looking forward to tour England next year and atone for Australia's shock Ashes series loss three years ago.

Hayden is the sole survivor of Australia's "Dad's Army", after the retirement of Justin Langer, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist in the past 15 months.

"I don't like speculating, but if the ingredients are there, there's no point stopping. I'd love to go to England," Hayden said.

"I've had great success in county cricket but every time I've gone there (for Australia) I've averaged around the mid-30s without really excelling.

"It's a place I know I can excel. In the last Test match at The Oval (in 2005), I was thinking, 'I've got more to offer in this country'," he was quoted as saying by 'Sunday Telegraph'.

After 94 Tests and 14 years at the top, Hayden said his passion for the game has not diminished a bit.

"... At 36, everyone is kind of expecting me to fall over and I don't feel like that at all. I'll know when the time is right."

He also defended the controversy-ridden recent series against India.

"Look, there's definite tension, but if I was a spectator, that's what I'd want to see," he said. "In terms of general human relations, I wouldn't say there was ill-feeling."

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