Oz great Hayden quits cricket

2012-09-20 07:45

Sydney - Veteran Australian opener Matthew Hayden has called time on his glittering playing career, opting not to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 series this year, his Brisbane Heat team said Thursday.

The Heat said that after lengthy discussions, Hayden, 40, had opted not to return for a final series after signing as their marquee player for last season's inaugural T20 Big Bash League.

Hayden, who retired from Test cricket in 2009, played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in 2010. He took a sabbatical from cricket before returning to play for the Brisbane team in 2011-12.

"I will be pursuing my initial intention and agreement with the Heat of moving from the pitch to the boardroom, where I hope to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the Big Bash League and the Brisbane Heat," Hayden said in a statement.

"I also plan to be very active in promoting and supporting the Brisbane Heat both on and off the field, and to contribute to the long-term success of the franchise."

Hayden said cricket would remain a significant part of his life.

"Whilst closing the final chapter was difficult it feels great to be more actively involved in supporting and nurturing our next generation, especially now with my children," he said.

Hayden scored 8 625 runs in 103 Tests for his country with 30 centuries, at an average of more than 50. He also played 161 one-day internationals.


  • ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-09-20 08:01

    What a great batsman......good luck to you mate

      boereroo.jackman - 2012-09-20 08:13

      Agree Ayub but these cameo appearances in the Big Bash I think is just a pay day for them. Similar for Warnie and Gilchrist. The exception is Brad Hogg who at 41 did so well they drafted him back in the national team. Many youngsters that should get a chance now.

  • john.baptista.505 - 2012-09-20 08:31

    Yes - a very good Batsmen. Consider: Tests 103 Inns 184 Not Out 14 Runs 8625 High 380 Ave 50.73 Catch 128 A fantastic record. No doubt. However, some do doubt statistics... Compare to our very own GC Smith Tests 102 Inns 179 Not Out 12 Runs 8314 High 277 Ave.49.78 Catch 137 Very Similar indeed! However, remember that our player played many more tests on bouncy and moving SA pitches and not flat Aussie tracks. In addition he took 8 wickets as a spinner and sacrificed his wicket often for the cause (broken hand / fingers etc). O Yes, and of course, he took over the CAPTAINCY as a wild eyed 23 YEAR OLD with SA Cricket still reeling from HansieGate, Pollitial pressure etc. etc. And of course Haydos never had to face Mcgrath and Warne :-) All this post is about is to say good luck to the Aussies, as our Great players are in their prime.

      boereroo.jackman - 2012-09-20 08:47

      No real need for comparisons as they're both great. Your gaff on "flat Aussie tracks" are a bit far fetched though. Check the stats where Haydos played home and away and you'll see that he was very versatile and made runs all over the globe. Sydney might be the flattest aussie pitch there is but it certainly is still quicker than Port Elizabeth.

      Johannes - 2012-09-20 09:33

      Flat ozzy pitches? AUS pitched are hard and often green. He had to face Steyn, Morkal, Murilee, Shoib Aktar, Akram, Ambrose and even old Wit Blitz. This guy has had an EXTREMELY prolific career. Give credit where due man.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-20 10:49

      One of Hayden's (and most batsmen's) most overlooked but impressive stats is ratio of tons to innings played. Hayden is approximately 6: 30 tons from 184 Test innings. That is right up there with Sachin, JK, Gavaskar, Sobers, Greg Chappell, Sanga. Then Lara, Viv Richards and Ponting are around 7, Dravid, Miandad, Sehwag. Gary K and Steve Waugh at 8, Boycott and Clive Lloyd around 9, Allan Border and Shiv Chanderpaul nearly 10. Some, like David Gower and Graham Gooch, are at well over 10. Then there's Bradman at under 3, ridiculous. Biff is at 7 which seems to be the benchmark for excellence currently. Hash, Cook, KP, Mahela, Clarke, Younus Khan are all there or thereabouts. When you consider that they're all nudging the best rate in history (the freak that was Bradman excepted), it's a golden age for batsmen. Of the top 20 run-makers in history, 8 are still playing...

      john.baptista.505 - 2012-09-20 14:09

      @Boereroo: Comaring Ave test scores in SA vs AUS shows that their tracks must be more batsmen friendly. I take your point that that should have been my statement. @ Johannes "A Fantastic record" You consider that insufficient credit?? @ Richard: That is a very good analysis. Confirms Heydos Class @ all the Thumb Downs: This is merely a post that shows how lucky we are to have an opening CAPTAIN who's stats compare very well with a Great Opening BATSMEN.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-20 08:51

    Saw some awesome cricket from this man. Scary as hell when he attacked. Also one half of one of the greatest opening test pairs ever. Matty and Langer...

  • steyts - 2012-09-20 14:46

    What a great player and person!! Wish you all the best!! LEGEND!!

  • zebsonm - 2012-09-21 07:00

    one of the most explosive opening batsman cricketing world has ever seen.together with gilly they managed to change the philosophy of opening especially the 50 overs game.where openers would take great caution during the first few overs they would attack any team any bowler right from ball one to the extent the match was already won or lost by the 20th in point would be their would cup match against the proteas in the carribean.heyden went after pollock from ball one and they was no way back for the proteas.what a great player this gyu was!

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