Matthew Hayden announces retirement

January 13, 2009 at 10:02 am 2 comments


The Australians suffered a huge blow before this years Ashes series with the news that opener Matthew Hayden has retired from cricket. This ends a 17-year first class career which included 103 test matches. His decision to retire will further dismantle the Australian squad of the previous Ashes.He announced his decision before the twenty20 match with South Africa where he enjoyed a lap of honour to end an illustrious career. The opener scored 8,625 runs during his test career, averaging 50.73. However, he was unable to reproduce this form in the test matches with South Africa and was dropped from the twenty20 and ODI teams. Hayden ends his career in third place in the list of most test centuries with 30 hundreds.

The loss of Hayden will be a big blow and will put a lot of pressure on the next generation of Australian openers. They have not yet fully filled the void left by Justin Langer’s retirement. They will miss Hayden’s positive approach in both forms of the game. With the twenty20 world cup this year, they will miss his experience playing in large competitions and also playing in English conditions. His departure could also affect their chances of an Ashes win, he has played a huge part over previous ashes series.

The departure of key players has led to Australian’s downfall in test cricket. When they approached the 2006 Ashes they came out with an ageing squad, with many believing that the lack of youth in that line up could damage their performances later. Hayden joins Langer, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn in the 2006 Ashes winning team to retire since.

With so many players leaving in the space of about 2 years along with the number of injuries it is difficult to replace their class in test cricket. When one players leaves it is easier to fill his place with a inexperienced player, knowing that there is less pressure as there are other quality players backing him up. When they all retire so quickly it is difficult to integrate a inexperienced player into test cricket, this has led to the Australian downfall in Test cricket.


Entry filed under: Australia, Cricket, England, ODI, Twenty20.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. chandler  |  January 16, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I am a huge fan of Mathew Hayden it is sad to hear that he is saying goodbye to cricket but I wish good luck to him!

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  • 2. sid  |  February 1, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I’d like to thank the Almighty for reducing the no. of Australian BRATS by 1. THANK YOU GOD!


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