Australian batter Rachael Haynes retires from international cricket
Australian batter Rachel Haynes announced her retirement from international cricket on Thursday. The 35-year-old, who was Australia's vice-captain, represented the country in six Tests, 77 ODIs, and 84 T20Is. Haynes finished her career with 3,818 international runs. She played her final international at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG), where Australia defeated India in the final. Here are further details.
"Playing at this level isn't possible without the support of many people. From clubs, states, coaches, family and friends, I'm so grateful to those who helped me. I want to thank my parents Ian and Jenni, and partner Leah for their unwavering support. To all the team-mates, you are the reason I've played as long as I have," said Haynes on her retirement.
As stated, Haynes, a left-handed batter, featured in six Tests, 77 ODIs, and 84 T20Is. She slammed 383, 2585, and 850 runs in these formats, respectively. Haynes also has two WODI centuries to her name, with her highest score of 130 coming against England in the 2022 Women's World Cup. Haynes, also a left-arm medium-pacer bowler, snapped up 13 international wickets.
Haynes also confirmed that she has played her last match for New South Wales. She is set to play her last Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) for the Sydney Thunder. Haynes recently featured in The Hundred Women's Competition.
Haynes made her international debut in an ODI against England at Lord's in 2009. Later that month, she slammed 98 on her Test debut at Worcester. Haynes was a mainstay batter in Australia's white-ball sides until 2013 when Australia dropped her following the Ashes. She made her comeback nearly four years later (2017). Haynes averaged 45.07 in ODIs and 33.00 in T20Is ever since.
Haynes played her last ODI in the 2022 World Cup. She was the second-highest run-scorer after Alyssa Healy. The left-handed batter racked up 497 runs from nine matches at an incredible average of 62.12. Haynes finished with a strike rate of 82.56. Healy topped the tally with 509 runs. The former also slammed a century (130 vs England Women).
In WNCL, Australia's domestic competition, Haynes has scored 4,528 runs at an average of 43.12 with nine centuries. For New South Wales, she is the fourth-highest run-scorer after Alex Blackwell (4788), Lisa Sthalekar (3414), and Lisa Keightly (3081).