Matthew Hayden scored 549 runs at an average of 109.8 in Australia's losing campaign in India in 2001 © Getty Images
Matthew Hayden scored 549 runs at an average of 109.8 in Australia’s losing campaign in India in 2001 © Getty Images

A Test series 3-0 whitewash at the hands of a spirited Sri lanka side, has made former Australia opener Matthew Hayden to blame a packed international schedule for Australia’s loss. Hayden believes lack of preparation on turning wickets could hamper Australia’s chances against India when they tour the sub-continent next year. Australia were whitewashed for the first time by Sri Lanka while also winning a series for the first time in 17 years against them. Australia not only lost the series, they lost their No.1 Test crown in the process as well. Steven Smith’s side had no answer to the Lankan spinners as their spin woes continued. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Rangiri

Hayden said, “I feel sorry for the players. They are just constantly going into tournaments now. They have got no time to have set plays within their game,” as quoted by Triple M’s Grill Team. Hayden, who scored a tally of 549 runs at an average of 109.8 in Australia’s losing campaign in India in the year 2001, feels it was his attendance in a spin camp in India in 1995, and his time out of the Australian squad from 1997 to 2000 that improved his game against spin. READ: Why Australia’s decision to rest Steven Smith is justified

“I might not have had the most perfect game against spin. But I had something that worked and I knew it. So when I went there in 2001 I had it sorted,” Hayden said.

Meanwhile, Australia are currently playing against Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series which is level at 1-1. Australia had won the first match by 3 wickets, whereas the hosts came back fighting in the second ODI and beat the visitors by 82 runs.