Matthew Hayden out to frustrate Australia’s bid for maiden T20 world title
Pakistan batting consultant Matthew Hayden will take his place in the dugout for their semi-final against Australia tomorrow, but he isn’t just vying to help to them to a third T20 World Cup final.
Hayden will come up against his home country, for whom he was top-scorer in the 2007 T20 World Cup, and will also face his former opening partner Justin Langer, now Australia’s head coach.
For the former opening batsman, the prospect of facing his home country has a surreal air.
He admits that he has mixed feelings about the prospect of Pakistan undoing Australia’s bid for a first T20 World Cup.
“It is a very unusual feeling; I was a warrior for Australian cricket for over two decades, so that does give me the benefit of having wonderful insights not only into these players but also into the culture of cricket in Australia,” Hayden said.
“I guess from my point of view, there is the challenge of the heart, the challenge of the mind in terms of what’s going to happen over the next 24 hours, but I’ll also say very proudly that it’s been wonderful to be a part of Pakistan cricket.
“We have some incredible young players, a mix of wonderful, experienced players in our lineup, and they and the team are performing admirably.”
Matthew Hayden backs Fakhar Zaman
Pakistan have had lots of star players as they emerged from Group 2 of the Super 12s unbeaten, and Hayden believes Fakhar Zaman could be the next to make a big impact.
Hayden said: “Fakhar has I think, been the standout outfielder for our team, as well. He saves five to 10 runs every game, and five to 10 runs within a T20 concept and batting lineup, include your own runs, maybe 20s and 30s, here and there, which means that overall he’s just been such an important part of the side.
“Don’t be surprised if you see something incredibly special from him tomorrow, as well, because he is smashing the ball in the nets.
“In particular, if you look at a potential matchup against Adam Zampa, who’s been the leading wicket taker in the T20 World Cup, I think that is a fantastic target, an opportunity for Fakhar to really dominate and position Pakistan in a strong competitive state.”
Spinner Shoaib Bashir handed shock England call-up for India tour
The 20-year-old off-spinner has made just six senior red-ball appearances.
Ben Duckett helps England rally to 206 in ODI series decider against West Indies
The tourists had slumped to 49 five in the 10th over.
England lose ODI series as West Indies chase reduced target
Jos Buttler out first ball as top-order collapse leaves England with mountain to climb in Barbados.
West Indies loss ‘start of a new journey’ for England insists Jos Buttler
Captain believes Caribbean defeat will provide vital experience for team in post-World Cup reset.
England beaten in final match of T20 series as India claim consolation victory
Skipper Heather Knight top-scored with 52.
Matthew Mott: Change of format can rejuvenate Jos Buttler
Buttler’s World Cup hangover followed him to the Caribbean with two single-figure scores.
Liam Livingstone praises England spinner Rehan Ahmed as ‘exceptional talent’
Ahmed has furthered his blossoming reputation against the West Indies by recording identical figures of 10-1-40-2 in two ODIs in Antigua.
Little bit of relief – Sam Curran and England bounce back in Antigua
Curran laid the groundwork for England’s six-wicket win.
Sam Curran and Jos Buttler return to form as England level series in Antigua
Chasing 203, Will Jacks put England into the ascendancy with a sparkling 73 off 72 balls.
Sam Curran finds form as England bowl out West Indies for 202
Curran took three big scalps days after enduring a tough time in the first ODI.