Matthew Hayden’s been interviewed. You don’t know how much we’ve missed this.
He was asked about his deteriorating batting toward the end of his Test career and, as ever, he’s crystal clear about what happened.
“Suddenly questions are asked about your ability and performance, which is absolutely rubbish because your skills and your mindset don’t change much. You don’t lose power, what you do lose is that absolute ability to play it off and that can sometimes lead to poor performances.”
So, in summary: questions are asked about your performance, which is ‘absolutely rubbish’ because all you’ve lost is the ability to prevent poor performance.