October 5, 2022
Australia women’s vice-captain Rachel Haynes retires from international and state cricket


Australia’s vice-captain Rachel Haynes has announced her retirement from international and state cricket. She would end her professional career completely after this season’s WBBL with Sydney Thunder.

Haynes, a left-handed top-order batsman, made his Australia debut in an ODI against England at Lord’s in 2009 and scored 98 on his Test debut at Worcester a few days later. Overall he scored 3818 international runs, of which 2585 came in ODIs, which also earned him two centuries.

Haynes’ career can be divided into two parts: until 2013 and again in 2017 after his return. After being dropped after the 2013 Ashes in England, Haynes was recalled for the tour of New Zealand almost four years later and since that time Average 45.07 in ODIs And 33.00 in T20Is With a strike rate of 126.15. His last international match was Australia’s gold medal win against India at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Haynes captained Australia on 14 occasions while filling in for Meg Lanning, most notably during the 2017-18 Ashes when Lanning was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

“One of the great things about a long career is that the people around you are growing,” Haynes said. “I’m very proud of the way this team has brought players in and nurtured their development. The ability to help change players smoothly has been instrumental to our team’s success in this environment. Being a leader has been the biggest privilege of my career.”

Haynes filled a variety of batting positions, ending as an opener in Tests and ODIs – ending her one-day career at the 2022 World Cup, where she was the second highest run-scorer behind Alyssa Healy – And Australia’s middle-order safety net has become a better example than ever in T20Is, against Sri Lanka, in Perth, during the 2020 T20 World Cup, after Australia’s tournament opening loss against India left them at a knife’s edge. not given.

A Test-match century troubled him: in addition to 98 on debut, he scored 87 at Taunton in 2019 (ending by a questionable lbw decision) and 86 in Canberra against England earlier this year.

She addressed the question of retirement over the past year and said during the World Cup in New Zealand: “At the end of every series I ask myself the question, ‘Do I still have that passion and the will to continue’ and ‘Am I still playing at a level that is contributing to the team’s success?

On Thursday, he thanked all those who played an important role in his career.

“Playing at this level is not possible without the support of many people,” she said. “From clubs, states, coaches, family and friends, I am extremely grateful to the people who helped me along the way. In particular, I want to thank my parents Ian and Jenny and partner Leah for their unwavering support Am.

“To all my teammates throughout my career, you are the reason I have played for as long as I have. You have inspired me to be better every day. I have learned something from all of you. Fields You have challenged me as a player, helped me grow as a person and most importantly, made cricket fun.”

Healy, who scored 160 with Haynes in the ODI World Cup final earlier this year, paid tribute to her teammate.

“I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend most of my career playing with Rach,” she said. “In the early years I played against her when she was in Victoria, and we have been rivals in the WBBL, but it is very clear that it is better to be on her team than try to get her out.

“To have the privilege of being on the other end to watch some of his greatest innings, and it’s that time off the field traveling to Australia and the world, as well as the time that I will always cherish. “

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said: “On behalf of everyone in Cricket Australia, I would like to congratulate Rachel on an amazing career as well as recognize the outstanding contribution she has made off the field.

“Rachael’s calm and confident leadership has been instrumental in Australia becoming one of the most successful sports teams in history. She will go down as a great of the sport.

“Rachael has been an inspirational figure to children and many of her peers coming to the sport and has played an integral role in the advancement of cricket as a sport for women and girls here in Australia and around the world. We look forward to We are looking forward to seeing Rachel in the WBBL this season and look forward to maintaining a close relationship with the sport for years to come.”

In the WNCL, where Haynes played for Victoria and New South Wales, he scored 4528 runs at an average of 43.12 with nine centuries. For NSW she is fourth on the all-time run scoring list behind Alex Blackwell (4788), Lisa Sthalekar (3414) and Lisa Keightley (3081).

Andrew McGlashan is deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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