Hayden vows to get among the runs

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

When Matt Hayden concedes he hasn't scored a Test hundred in England, what he really means is that he's yet to score one.

Hayden vows to get among the runs

Brisbane: When Matt Hayden concedes he hasn't scored a Test hundred in England, what he really means is that he's yet to score one. The burly Australian opener, one of the leading batsmen of his generation, isn't guaranteeing he'll post an Ashes century in England when the five-Test series starts at Lord's on July 21. But he's promising he'll be ruthless. Hayden said he made the mistake of placing too much emphasis on his Ashes campaign in 2001 because of the traditionally high stakes of the series and because he hadn't established himself in the Australian lineup. "I'm going to take a lot of that out this time. I'm not making it emotional - I just want to be ruthless," he said in an interview from Australia's training camp in Brisbane. "I'm not going to attach any extra importance to the Ashes and I'm not going to build it up too much," he added. "I'm not going to go in with blinkers on, but certainly with a lot of the emotion out of it. I think that puts me in a good frame of mind." After a stuttering start to his international career, Hayden has amassed 5,721 runs in 67 Test matches at an average of 53.46 and a high score of 380 - a former world record. He accumulated 20 centuries in his first 55 Tests and is the only batsman to score more than 1,000 Test runs in four calendar years. (AP)

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