Matthew Hayden Slams Virat Kohli's Decision To Bat At No. 4

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2020

He is the team's first-choice keeper and KL Rahul might be allowed to keep the wickets while Kedar Jadhav or Manish Pandey could replace Pant in the batting line-up.

During the first ODI of the ongoing Australia's tour of India in Mumbai, India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul was made the incumbent wicket-keeper after regular glovesman Rishabh Pant was hit on the helmet in the first innings.

India skipper Virat Kohli is expected to bat at No. 4 with Rohit Sharma returning to the playing XI after a brief rest. Then, in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Indore, Shreyas Iyer pitched in with a fluent 34 to hasten India's victory. Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both hit centuries as Australia scored 258 without loss in 37.4 overs in reply to India's 255 all out.

Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and made a decision to field in the first one-day worldwide against India on Tuesday.

And it came with the next World Cup to be played on the sub-continent, where the Aussies have now won their last nine ODIs and have two more to play in this three-game series. "We played well against West Indies as well, where all the batsmen did well and as players, we don't focus too much on facts that are not happening".

'I think we will speak to our wives first, ' Warner said.

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden also felt the same and stated that somebody with 10,000+ runs should continue to bat at No. 3.

The pair added 121 before Rahul (47 from 61) drove Ashton Agar into the hands of extra cover - and that prompted a mini-collapse as Dhawan fell to Cummins in the next over. We've got a great bowling unit, we've got pace, spin, and in our batting we got great depth, power, we got guys who can work it around in the middle as well, who can accelerate.

"I´m surprised that I have got it, after many years of being under the scanner for the wrong things", Kohli said in a statement put out by ICC.

Warner became the fastest Australian to 5000 one-day global runs, and the fourth fastest worldwide.

'We feed off each other very well.

Set 256 to win, Warner (128 not out off 112 balls) and Finch (110no from 114) enjoyed a day to remember with the highest opening stand in an ODI against India, leaving the hosts with plenty to think about before the second game in Rajkot on Friday.

It marked just the fifth time Australia's two openers have scored centuries in the same innings of a one-day global.

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