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Hayden was Johnson’s biggest inspiration in dressing room

PTI
Published : May 4, 2017, 1:44 am IST
Updated : May 4, 2017, 1:44 am IST

Johnson, who is playing for Mumbai Indians, termed the entire scene featuring Hayden as a “real eye opener”.

Matthew Hayden
 Matthew Hayden

Mumbai: Former opener Matthew Hayden’s work ethics inspired him to work harder during his fledgling days with the Australian Test team, said left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson.

“I was playing for Queensland. We (Hayden and I) were in the net session for three hours. It was humid like Mumbai. (After the net session), I was stretching and I watched Hayden walk to the end of nets, which had a bowling machine, and hitting ball after ball,” recalled Johnson.

 

“It made me think ‘what is he (Hayden) doing. We just had a massive training session, (so) why is he hitting more balls.’ That did not make sense to me, (but) after some time it clicked that he plays for Australia. And I found out that he was doing extra running and extra training session as well.

“That really opened my eyes and made me think, (if) I wanna (want to) play for Australia, you are going to do that extra stuff,” recalled Johnson, who ended his Test career with a haul of 313 wickets from 73 matches.

Johnson, who is playing for Mumbai Indians, termed the entire scene featuring Hayden as a “real eye opener”.

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