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Turner thanks Hayden after epic ODI chase

Ashton Turner, Australia's match-winner in their record chase of 359, says he's regularly been picking the brain of Matthew Hayden on the tour of India.

Turner thanks Hayden after epic ODI chase

Ashton Turner, Australia's match-winner in their record chase of 359, says he's regularly been picking the brain of Matthew Hayden on the tour of India.

ASHTON TURNER of WA prepares to bowl during the JLT One Day Cup match between New South Wales and Western Australia at WACA in Perth, Australia.
ASHTON TURNER of WA prepares to bowl during the JLT One Day Cup match between New South Wales and Western Australia at WACA in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images

Ashton Turner was calm and confident while completing Australia's greatest ODI chase but the same couldn't be said of his nerves during regular chats with Matthew Hayden on the tour of India.

Referred to as "that guy" by Shikhar Dhawan during India's post-match conference, Turner has taken just two ODIs to make a name for himself in international cricket.


Turner produced an incredible 43-ball knock of 84 not out to deliver a four-wicket victory in Chandigarh, reprising the finisher role he perfected in the Big Bash League.

The 26-year-old marched Australia from 4-229 in the 37th over to a victorious 6-359 in the 48th, smacking six sixes.

"Not a lot of sleep - I've been battling a little bit of a flu but I still feel I've got adrenaline and tingles running through my body," Turner said the morning after his career highlight.

"My phone has been going off non-stop. It's quite unusual for me.

"It probably hasn't sunk in that I'm playing for Australia.

"It was an amazing night. I'm still pinching myself ... seems like a bit of a blur."

Hayden is commentating during the series and has been a regular at Australia's training sessions, helping Turner and others hone their craft.

"Haydos has been great to me; I was really privileged to get my cap presented by Haydos in Hyderabad," Turner said.

"I'm still nervous standing around and talking with him.

"He's spent a lot of time with me in the nets. He was a brilliant player of spin bowling, especially over here in India.

"It's great to just sit down and talk batting with him. He's a legend and someone I always looked up to."

Hayden excelled in India like few other Australians during his stellar career, memorably mastering the sweep shot to top the batting charts during the 2001 Test tour.

Turner's extraordinary dig came on a far more batsman-friendly pitch than those dusty decks encountered by Hayden.

But the way he attacked the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world Jasprit Bumrah and swing king Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the death was nonetheless staggering.

Peter Handscomb described Turner's effort as phenomenal - Aaron Finch used "world class".

"Ashton played a hell of a knock ... Ashton's innings was the game changer," Indian skipper Virat Kohli conceded.

Dhawan was also full of praise, although failing to remember Turner's name was an unfortunate gaffe.

"He's a new player ... that guy played a really good knock and took the game away from us," the opener said.

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