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Matthew Hayden's decision to come out of retirement to play in the Big Bash League, and invest his own money in the Brisbane Heat franchise, will encourage Cricket Australia. But Greg Baum writes in the Age that cricket's new fans shouldn't let the wool be pulled over their eyes.
So, at cricket's cutting edge, plenty of honest but unprepossessing state cricketers, a ragtag army of international mercenaries, and a once-great Test opener who latterly has barely been able to hit the ball off the square … but not new Australian captain Michael Clarke, who - admirably - has forsworn the new pots of gold to dedicate himself to the task of resurrecting the ailing Test team.
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