I see your point...however, if its successful dont knock it.Originally posted by Prince EWS
Hayden would play exactly the same way if he was batting at number 6. Hayden is a very good player, but he is not an opener. He is killing teh openign batting position by making it exactly the same as batting at number 6. Havent you noticed the way langer normally takes most of the strike when teh ball is swinging and seaming? Hayden is only good because of the good (which are actually bad) pitched that are produced here. The dont seam, or spin. The have bounce. But thats it. Hayden is killing opening batsman (real ones like Attapattu, Chopra nad Gripper), and groundsmen are letting him do it.
If Langer takes the strike vs seam,then thats them playing to the strengths of the team..and that has happened throughout history. The opening position isnt sacred...but success is. Its just part of the evolution of the game, we may well see more players like Hayden opening the batting. He enables Australia to seize the initiative straight away..which is surely the job of the opener.hayden just does it in a more aggressive way..he bullies and intimidates the opposition and seizes the initiative more often than not.