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Test double centurion Hayden in line for one-day recall


BRISBANE, Australia, March 20 (AFP) - Matthew Hayden's outstanding batting form looks set to force Australian selectors to keep him in India for this month's one-day series.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said Tuesday he would speak with captain Steve Waugh in Chennai before deciding if Hayden would be added to the 14-man squad.

It would be an unusual step but Hayden has given selectors little choice after amassing a record 514 runs in five Test innings on the Indian tour.

The Queenslander was due to return home next week after initially missing selection for the one-day squad.

"I need to talk to the captain to make sure he is comfortable with that situation if we decide to go that way," Hohns said in Brisbane.

"Normally the (Test and one-day) squads are fairly cut and dried but when there is a fellow in form and used to the conditions it might be sensible to retain him."

Hohns said a decision could be made early Wednesday on whether Hayden would remain in India for the five-match series, which begins in Bangalore on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Hayden's Queensland teammate Andrew Symonds was declared fit for the series after passing a fitness examination in front of Hohns.

Symonds had been in doubt after apparently falling from an esky (ice cooler) while packing his bags last Friday night.

The English-born all-rounder was required to bowl, bat and field in front of Hohns before he was given the all-clear to join the Australian squad.







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