Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has hit back at Virender Sehwag and India after the former India opener took a dig at Australia ahead of the upcoming showdown between the two countries. Australia will tour India later this month for two T20Is and five ODIs. With not much time left before the series gets underway, the official broadcasters set the tone by releasing a teasing advertisement starring Sehwag.

Taking a cue from the babysitting sledge during the Test series a couple of months ago, Sehwag turned babysitter for the commercial. In the advertisement, Sehwag can be seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys, saying:

“Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”

But while the commercial was very well received by the Indians fans, it looks like it has not gone down too well with Matthew Hayden. The legendary batsman took to Twitter to take a shot at Sehwag and Star Sports while pointing out that Australia are the reigning ODI world champions.

“#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Matthew Hayden tweeted.

Australia’s tour of India will begin with a T20I on February 24. After the two T20Is, the five-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha) in Nagpur will host the second ODI on the 5th.

Australia will play two T20Is and five ODIs in India (Credits: Getty)

The third ODI will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8. The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the penultimate ODI on the 10th. The series will conclude with the final ODI at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on the 13th.