The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Hayden must prove his fitness

Perth: Australia opener Matthew Hayden must prove his fitness before he is cleared to play in the third Test against England starting on Friday after undergoing surgery twice in the past week for haemorrhoids.

Hayden has had two minor operations to alleviate the problem and could need mild pain killers to take the field on Friday.

“Sitting down on the flight was hard work but I’ve come across here earlier than anticipated so that’s a good start,” Hayden said after arriving in Perth on Wednesday.

“If I’m not 100 per cent then I won’t play and I’ve got some fitness tests to do. I’ve only just started walking but I think I’ll be all right.

“I could have a local anaesthetic but I’m hoping it won’t come to that.

“The whole of Australia seems to have had some fun at my expense but the way I look at it everyone’s suffered something at some time and there’s people a lot worse off than me.”

The left-handed opener, currently ranked the world’s best batsman, was Man of the Match in the first Test after making 197 and 103, becoming just the fourth Australian to score twin centuries in an Ashes match.

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