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With no possible conclusion to the pay dispute between the Australian cricketers and Cricket Australia (CA), the future operations of the Kangaroos seem to be in complete jeopardy. In the upcoming months, the Steven Smith led outfit has two high profile assignments coming up, which includes a limited overs tour of India and the all important Ashes at home. If an agreement is not mutually reached upon, the assignments could well be cancelled, leading to the utmost humiliation of Australia and dire consequences could await the cricket board.
Urging the board and players to end their tussle, is former Australian opener and the legendary Matthew Hayden. Hayden, who decimated the opposition with his willow, addressed the ongoing issue and said that it was sad to see Australian cricket in such a mess.
The southpaw also went on to speak about Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s persona as a leader. Hayden branded the Indian captain as the face of the modern era of Indian cricket and felt that the batting sensation was quite bold in his approach. Hayden also compared Kohli’s stature to that of Steven Smith.
“I don’t think it can be done (comparison between Smith and Kohli),” said Hayden. “They are very different personalities. I will say Virat is part of the modern face of India.”A bold personality. He is a resilient personality as well and is prepared to take a stand. His natural game as is Smith’s natural game are almost similar. They are incredibly skilled and are the best players in their respective teams. “They have a very different style of captaincy. One is a little here, kind of, while Smith is slightly laid back. Both have got extremely strong personalities.”
Speaking how the pay dispute had an influence on the matches to follow, Hayden said, “We have a tour of India coming up as well. It is very important part of meeting the ICC future tours program.”There is a lot at stake. Not to mention of the Ashes.”Matches against India and the Ashes are the premium Test match events in the Australian cricket culture. There is so much to lose by not resolving the issues.”
Defining the need to have a balance between Tests and T20’s, he added,
“I don’t believe that the ICC is addressing the future tours programme as it could be to acknowledge the importance of T20 cricket, but also at the end of the stick acknowledge every stakeholder in the game loves Test cricket. How do you balance that program, is important.”