Hayden passed fit for NZ ODIs

Matthew Hayden, who because of a bout with pleurisy, a chest infection, was considered a doubtful starter for the forthcoming ODI series in New Zealand, has been passed fit for the same, following scans, which should considerable improvement in his condition.

Hayden joined the squad on the flight today to Auckland, after spending an entire week in bed. Before leaving, he said, “I felt very sick. My lung capacity was way below 50%. There was genuine reason to be really concerned. As the week went on the pleurisy symptoms really started to hurt to the point where you just couldn’t breathe in air.”

Dr Trefor James, Australia’s team doctor, said, “Matthew underwent fitness testing and was able to get through two heavy sessions without any difficulties or ill effects. He was reviewed by Queensland Cricket medical staff who were very happy with his progress. As a result he has been cleared to tour New Zealand.”

The disease couldn’t have come at a worse time for Hayden, for a prolonged loss of form had resulted in his exclusion from most matches of the recently concluded VB series; his spot being taken by the talented Michael Clarke. However, prior to his chest infection, he did work with former Australian batsman Dean Jones on areas of major concern, as to where he is going wrong.

Hayden averages a miserable 18.70 in the last ten ODIs, while his Test average in the same number of appearances isn’t too flash enough either at 33.

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