Hayden doubtful for NZ ODIs

Australian left-handed opener, Matthew Hayden, already suffering from a prolonged loss of form, will most likely miss the forthcoming five-match ODI series in New Zealand, because of a chest injury.

Hayden is said to be suffering from a severe chest infection, which even kept him out of last week’s domestic encounters he was supposed to take part it.

Australia team doctor, Trefor James said, “These things are not totally predictable. Our expectation is that he’ll be fit to go, but sometimes these things can take more like a week to clear up, so that’s where there’s a bit of doubt. It’s really how he is by Tuesday that will determine whether he goes or not, but we are 90% sure that he’ll still go.”

If Hayden fails to pass fit by the time the team leaves for New Zealand on Wednesday, another test will be done before next weekend to determine his final status.

Hayden was dropped from the Australian ODI side during the recently concluded VB series, following an average of only 18.70 in the previous ten matches. His way back into the side seems to be tough now, as Michael Clarke, his replacement at the top of the order alongside Adam Gilchrist, played up to his potential.

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