3 Jan 2009

Harvey calls for Hayden's scalp

6:10 pm on 3 January 2009

Former Australian cricketer Neil Harvey has joined the chorus calling for Matthew Hayden's scalp, saying the beleaguered Australian opener is "a pain in the bum".

Hayden compiled a subdued 31 on the first day of the third test against South Africa.

Hayden was at the crease for over two and a half hoursand faced 78 balls.

Harvey, attending a 50th anniversary reunion of the 1958-59 Australian side that regained the Ashes, says Hayden, at 37, should quit and he was "pathetic today".

Hayden is reportedly keen to play in the return series in South Africa and to make one final Ashes trip to England later this year, but has said he will reassess his position after the current test.