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AUSTRALIA opener Matthew Hayden has dismissed rumours that he will give up the one-day game in a bid to be ready for next year's Ashes series in England. The 36-year-old was sent home from the series in the West Indies with a long-standing Achilles injury which is thought to be threatening his career. But the left-hander is targeting a place in the one-day squad for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan later this year. He said: "I always maintain the best players play all forms of the game and that includes Twenty20 cricket as well. "There's a workload issue that you have to manage on a daily basis but the thing you have to understand is my one-day game drives my Test game as well. "I find a lot of inspiration playing one-day cricket and because you are in and around the support structure as well on a consistent basis."

ENGLAND have kept faith with struggling batsmen Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood by naming both in an unchanged line-up for the third Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Collingwood in particular has been in poor form, scoring a total of 32 runs in two Tests so far. Despite a misfiring middle order, England staged a remarkable turnaround to win the second Test and go 1-0 up in the series. And chairman of selectors Geoff Miller said: "We don't get worried about form. We know form is temporary. We know how strong a character Paul Collingwood is, he's a quality player, and we know runs are just round the corner. "We accept he's having a bit of a bad trot, but we know he can turn that round and perform like we know he can. "We are aware of the need to post bigger first innings totals on a more regular basis and that we have to bowl well as a unit in order to counter the strength of the New Zealand middle order," England are set to stick with an attack of Ryan Sidebottom, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Monty Panesar. And with Matthew Hoggard still recovering from a broken thumb, Chris Tremlett keeps his spot in the 12-man squad.

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