Matthew Hayden wants Australia to break the Smith-Labuschagne combination
By SMCS - Oct 20, 2023 11:37 am
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Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden feels that the side needs to break the middle-order combination of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne and open with Cameron Green instead as well. However, they have struggled so far in the 2023 World Cup, winning only one of their opening three games.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith was shocked after his DRS dismissal

Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Hayden said, “I don’t think it does. I don’t think they’ll change things either. To me, they have got a front anchor out and a back anchor out and the innings goes nowhere because they are both well and truly stable. It’s fine to have one stabilizer, I think it’s really important to have a mind like Steve Smith at the top of the order when you start to set totals or chase totals, you need that computer mind, but when you have two of them in a row I think it creates pressure through the top six so I’d make a change there.”

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Matthew Hayden also added Australia to open the batting with Cameron Green, similar to the Mumbai Indians (MI) playing him in the top order at No. 3 in the IPL as well.

Cameron Green
Cameron Green

“Give him a license, Cam Green at the top. To me he’s a kid who hasn’t necessarily found his tempo in any format of the game but what we saw here during the IPL is that Mumbai Indians just sent him out and said, kid, just smash it. He’s got huge levers, got great scoring abilities. Not so good when it comes to playing spin through the middle but by that stage if he’s smashed Pakistan for 70 or 80 he’s done his job,” Matthew Hayden concluded.