New Zealand cricket fans have taken to Twitter to ridicule former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden after he claimed the Black Caps would struggle in Sunday’s final due to the size of the MCG.
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In a column for News Corp, Hayden is predicting the winner of the Australia-India semi-final to beat the Kiwi’s with Brendon McCullum’s side not having played at the MCG since 2010.
“Assuming the Aussies can get past India at the SCG on Thursday, they’d much rather play the final against a Kiwis side that has been sitting in a comfort zone dominating on small grounds for the past two months,” Hayden wrote.
“There were a number of times last night where the New Zealand batsmen appeared to be hitting big balls — but they’d be getting caught three quarters of the way to the fence at the MCG.
“They’re going to have to change the way they hit the ball.
“Let’s be honest, the size of Eden Park is ridiculous. It shouldn’t be a cricket ground. If you can half throw it from the long off boundary to the opposite end it’s too small.”
Hayden’s comments have been hammered on Twitter, with Black Caps fans spreading the #MCGsobig hashtag.
#MCGsobig it can fit the ego of the Aussie players
— Jonathan Basile (@jonobasile) March 26, 2015
#MCGsobig you can fit the Rugby World Cup, The Bledisloe Cup, The 4 Nations trophy, The NBL trophy and The Chappell Hadlee trophy in it…
— Andrew Mulligan (@Andrew_Mulligan) March 26, 2015
— Sebastian Templeton (@sebtempleton) March 26, 2015
— Ian Witham (@amuletofyendor) March 26, 2015
The #MCGsobig the Great Wall of China was its original boundary fence.
— NZ Cricket Museum (@NZCricketMuseum) March 26, 2015
— Dale Warburton (@Dale_Warburton) March 26, 2015
The MCG is so big it is the only cricket ground in the world that was ever capable of fully containing Matthew Hayden’s ego. #MCGsobig
— Felix Geiringer (@BarristerNZ) March 25, 2015