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Hayden Exposes England's Fatal Flaw - Can They Recover?

By Rohit - February 20, 2024 - Last updated on Feb 20, 2024 10:43 AM
Hayden Exposes England's Fatal Flaw - Can They Recover?

Pic - Hayden on left and Yashashwi Jaiswal on right celebrating double hundred against England

Australia icon Matthew Hayden has offered his advice to England following their crushing defeat by India in the 3rd Test at Rajkot. Legendary opener Hayden believes there's a serious need for change after England's Rajkot disaster.

Yashasvi Jaiswal's epic double hundred and Ravindra Jadeja's all-around brilliance fueled India's 434-run victory over Ben Stokes' England. This humiliating loss marks England's worst defeat since 1934. India managed this dominant win even without star players Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, demonstrating their formidable team depth.

Following England's surprise 28-run win at Hyderabad, India has stormed back with consecutive victories in Visakhapatnam and Rajkot. This puts significant pressure on Stokes and his team. The Rajkot thrashing also raises questions about the effectiveness of England's "Bazball" tactics.

Matthew Hayden Predicts India's Test Series Win

Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden believes India has the upper hand in their Test series against England. He states, "I think it's India all the way (the result of the series). I was looking at the result this morning and thought that India, as a touring side, is a challenge for this reason. It's a battle of energy and conservation of that resource, which is very limited," Hayden emphasizes the difficulty of touring India and the importance of energy management.

England's Bazball backfired and India takes over them in whole series

England’s premier batter and talisman Joe Root is also facing the heat in India's backyard. Hosts India have exposed England's Bazball approach by giving a taste of its own medicine in the Test series. Opener Ben Duckett smashed a brilliant 88-ball century but England only managed to score 319 while replying to India's first-innings 445 total in Rajkot. When asked to chase down a daunting target of 557, England's Bazeballers folded for 122 to lose the Rajkot encounter by a massive margin.

Hayden on India's Cricket Pressure: How to Maintain Focus

"The game, the spectators, and the country just keeps coming at you. There's this great energy in India, especially in winning against England, and you can put Australia on that list as well especially now. You have to be a guru and have to have a mindset of stillness just to be able to survive mentally there. You have already seen England this series get in front of games, but not be able to sustain it. And it is because of the relentless nature of having to turn up every moment, every ball, every session," Hayden added.

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