Matthew Hayden

Country: Australia
Born: October 29, 1971, Kingaroy, Queensland
Height: 1.88 m
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Matthew Hayden Bio

Matthew Lawrence Hayden, an Australian cricket player, was known for his immense strength, mental resilience, and powerful batting skills. Despite facing criticism early in his career for his unorthodox technique, Hayden proved his doubters wrong and established himself as one of the most dominant batsmen in the history of the sport.

Born on October 29, 1971, in Kingaroy, Queensland, Hayden discovered his passion for cricket at a young age. Standing tall and armed with remarkable concentration, he honed his skills as both a batsman and a fielder. Hayden’s debut in first-class cricket immediately showcased his potential, as he smashed an impressive 149 runs. From that point on, his run-scoring ability rarely wavered over the next 17 years.

In his early Test matches against formidable opponents such as South Africa and West Indies, Hayden faced a challenging trial for any opener. However, he overcame these obstacles with patience and unwavering determination, proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with. In the 2000-01 tour of India, Hayden smashed 549 runs, setting an Australian record for a three-Test series. By the end of 2001, he had broken Bob Simpson’s Australian record for most Test runs in a calendar year, firmly establishing himself as one of the top batsmen in the world.

Hayden’s partnership with Justin Langer as an opening pair was legendary, providing Australia with a solid foundation during their success-laden years. As his batting prowess became evident, he also found success in one-day internationals, further cementing his position among the elite batsmen in both formats of the game. In 2003, he hammered a remarkable 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth, briefly holding the Test record for the highest individual score. Subsequently, in mid-2004, he scored twin centuries against Sri Lanka, bringing his tally to 20 centuries in just 55 Test matches.

Despite experiencing a slump in form during 2004-05, Hayden made a remarkable comeback during the 2005 Ashes series. He showcased patience and resilience, scoring three centuries in successive matches, becoming only the third player, alongside Don Bradman and Ken Barrington, to achieve this feat twice. Over the years, Hayden’s reputation as a prolific century-maker grew, with him standing behind only Bradman, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh on Australia’s list of century-makers.

The Ashes victory in 2006-07 brought tears of joy to Hayden’s eyes. However, he was also saddened by the retirement of his long-time opening partner, Justin Langer. Nevertheless, he continued to excel in international cricket, breaking records and captivating audiences worldwide. During the 2007 World Cup, he scored the most runs in the tournament and averaged an impressive 73.22, earning him honorary citizenship in St Kitts.

Hayden’s career came to an unexpected halt in 2008 due to an Achilles injury sustained during training for the Indian Premier League. His absence weakened Australia’s top order, resulting in disappointing performances against India and South Africa. Faced with this setback, Hayden made the difficult decision to retire from the sport after the Sydney Test in 2009.

Throughout his illustrious career, Hayden’s immense strength and mental fortitude propelled him to great heights. His ability to score runs consistently and his powerful strokeplay made him a dominant force in the sport. While his career had its ups and downs, Hayden will be remembered as one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, leaving an indelible mark on Australian cricket.

Matthew Hayden Career Stats

Matthew Hayden Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 103 184 14 8625 380 50.73 14349 60.1 30 29 1049 82 128 0
T20Is 9 9 3 308 73* 51.33 214 143.92 0 4 37 13 1 0
ODIs 161 155 15 6133 181* 43.8 7767 78.96 10 36 636 87 68 0
FC 295 515 47 24603 380 52.57 - - 79 100 - - 296 0
List A 308 299 29 12051 181* 44.63 - - 27 67 - - 129 0
T20s 50 50 5 1632 93 36.26 1192 136.91 0 13 181 63 18 0

Matthew Hayden Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 103 3 54 40 0 - - - 4.44 - 0 0 0
T20Is 9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 161 1 6 18 0 - - - 18 - 0 0 0
FC 295 - 1097 671 17 3/10 - 39.47 3.67 64.5 - 0 0
List A 308 - 339 358 10 2/16 2/16 35.8 6.33 33.9 0 0 0
T20s 50 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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