“I don’t think it does,” Hayden told ESPNcricinfo when asked if pairing Smith and Labuschagne together works. “I don’t think they’ll change things either. To me, they have got a front anchor out and a back anchor out and the innings goes nowhere because they are both well and truly stable.
“It’s fine to have one stabiliser, I think it’s really important to have a mind like Steve Smith at the top of the order when you start to set totals or chase totals, you need that computer mind, but when you have two of them in a row I think it creates pressure through the top six so I’d make a change there.”
“Give him a licence, Cam Green at the top,” he said. “To me, he’s a kid who hasn’t necessarily found his tempo in any format of the game but what we saw here during the IPL is that Mumbai Indians just sent him out and said, kid, just smash it.
“He’s got huge levers, got great scoring abilities. Not so good when it comes to playing spin through the middle but by that stage if he’s smashed Pakistan for 70 or 80, he’s done his job.
“Mitch [Marsh] won’t like to come down to three because he’s had great success in his ODI career opening but soon enough you are going to get [Travis] Head back in there so ultimately Mitch is going to bat three, so make the change, create the initiative, do something different rather than sit and wait.”
“I still feel he has the ability to stabilise the innings,” Pujara said. “We saw in the last game [against Sri Lanka], when Steve Smith got out he was the one who could anchor the innings. I would say, rather have a word with Marnus and if you feel like he needs to be a bit more positive then I think he has the experience of playing in Indian conditions and that’s why I’d still prefer him ahead of Cameron Green.”
Hayden added: “If you are going to pick Labuschagne, [say] you have a certain number of balls and our expectation is that you go for it, play a bit more proactively. It’s not like anyone is doubting Labuschagne and the way he goes about his cricket, he’s a terrific cricketer, no doubt about it, but it’s a World Cup and you need to win key moments and for me, he’s hoping he’s getting runs rather than proactively getting them.”