Matthew Hayden has said his pulverising of the South African bowling, which gave
Australia a thumping 83-run win in the World Cup encounter here
on Saturday, was premeditated.
"To some degree, yes. But I still had to weigh up the conditions,"
the Australian opening batsman said after the Group 'A' encounter at the Warner
Hayden cracked the fastest ever hundred in World Cup history
with a hurricane 101, reaching the three-figure mark off only 66 balls.
The Queensland left-hander was at his intimidating best, striking
14 fours and four sixes.
Two of those maximums came off successive balls from Shaun Pollock's
third over with the new ball.
The first one, Hayden walked out to the veteran paceman and
hoisted him over long on.
The next ball, when Pollock had Mark Boucher stand closer
behind the stumps, Hayden repeated the shot from the crease - a stand and deliver
"Pollock and (Mkhaya) Ntini bowled great shapes,"
Hayden said of the rival attack.