Hayden terms `ten-hour` 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003 `most perfect innings`

Sydney: Former Australian star Matthew Hayden has called his ten-hour, 22 minute batting show against Zimbabwe ten years ago, which was then the highest score in Test history, as the most perfect innings he had ever played.

Hayden`s epic performance, which he started on the first morning and ended by being dismissed the following evening at the ground in 2003, netted a score of 380 and ensured his entry into the Guinness Book of Records that year.

According to News.com.au, Hayden termed his 2003 batting extravaganza as his most perfect innings, although he admitted that it almost did not happen due to a back injury, which he was suffering at that time.

According to Hayden, he had felt that he had almost perfectly executed the innings with one of his best stroke-plays, adding that there was nothing in particular that went wrong for almost 11 hours, which was rare for him.

Stating that he had an extended period of time off before that innings, Hayden said that he had undergone tremendous hard work and intensive training to make himself fit for that innings, adding that that he suffered the injury as he had gone overboard with his net practice .

The innings was so long that the WACA scorer used all of Hayden`s space in the time-honoured green cricket scorebooks and then had to use the 12th man column to record the last third of his innings, the report added.