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Matthew Hayden 

Full Name: Matthew Lawrence Hayden
Nickname: Haydos
Birth Date: 29 October 1971
Birth Place: Kingaroy
Height: 188cm
Weight: 95kg
Club: Valley

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Matthew Hayden retired on 13 January 2009 as the greatest batsman Queensland has ever produced and one of the world's finest ever openers.

The hulking left-hander from Kingaroy overcame numerous setbacks to become a giant of the game.

At the time of his retirement, he was the fourth highest runscorer in the history of Australian Test cricket with 8625 runs and scored the equal sixth most centuries in the history of Test cricket (30) and third most by an Australian

He still holds the highest Test score by an Australian of 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth in 2003-04, the second highest of any player behind Brian Lara's 400 not out for the West Indies.

Hayden was also a brilliant gully fieldsman, but also had sure hands if needed in the slips cordon.

He took the 10th most catches by a fieldsman in Test history (128) and fifth most by an Australian.

He still shares the world record for most catches in a Test by a fieldsman (7 v Sri Lanka at Galle in 2003-04) with Greg Chappell, Stephen Fleming, Hashan Tillakaratne, and Yujurvindra Singh

In the one-day form of the game, he was a stunning success later in his career after having been dumped by the national selectors in 2005.

Hayden made the equal eighth highest score of alltime in ODIs (181no v New Zealand at Hamilton in 2006-07), and scored the equal ninth fastest century in ODI history (off 66 balls v South Africa at Basseterre in 2006-07), which is the fastest century in World Cup history.

Such was his durability that he will be possibly the only player ever to manage both 100 Tests and a century of first class games for his State. He played 103 Tests for Australia and 101 matches for Queensland.

He remains the fifth highest first class runscorer in Queensland history with 8831 and his 25 Sheffield Shield centuries and 27 first class centuries for the Bulls are second only to Martin Love.

He was awarded such prizes as the Indian Cricketer of the Year in 2001, the Allan Border Medallist for Australian Cricketer of the Year in 2002, the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2003 and the ICC World ODI Player of the Year in 2007.

The end came relatively quickly for the then 37-year-old, an Achilles injury preventing him from playing in the Caribbean series of 2008 and only recovering from the injury a fortnight out from a tour of India.

A number of bad decisions, some good bowling and the odd piece of loose strokeplay followed him through India and the 2008-09 summer against New Zealand and South Africa, where the media focus surrounding his future became super intense.

Hayden made his retirement announcement after scoring 31 and 39 in the third Test against South Africa in Sydney and not being selected in the one-day squad for the ensuing one-day series.

The 2007 year had been one to remember. He was named the ICC's World One Day Player of the Year in October 2007, and was at the same time included in the ICC Team of the Year for both ODI and Test cricket.

Hayden then laid the foundation for the 2007-08 Test series win over Australia, scoring his fifth century in six years in the Boxing Day Test and garnering three tons for the series.

He finished alongside close mate Andrew Symonds as Australia's leading aggregate runscorer with 418 runs at 82.00, and also was involved in some of the verbal jousting with Harbhajan Singh that was a constant during the summer.

Hayden played just the one Shield game for Queensland during the summer, smashing 179 against NSW in Sydney, and his only one-day match against SA in early December 2007 reaped just seven runs.

One of Hayden's first acts as a Queensland player was to ask at a team meeting if anyone had scored a double-century on debut.
Hayden missed becoming the first, but he laid down an impressive marker with 149 against South Australia at the Gabba in 1991-92. From his debut season of 1028 first-class runs, he was a dominating and record-breaking opening batsman at state and Test level.
His most famous milestone was undoubtedly the 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth in 2003-04, which stood as Test cricket's highest score until Brian Lara reclaimed the title by belting England for 400. But he also achieved 1000 Test runs in a calendar year five consecutive times and produced five centuries in a remarkable 2005-06 season.
He scored a solid 789 runs at 43.83 in the 2006 calendar year, highlighted by 153 against England in the fourth Test at the MCG in a rescue mission for his country. A massive crowd for the boxing day Test saw Hayden guide close friend Andrew Symonds to his debut Test century from which he took even greater pleasure than his own hundred and piled on 279 with his partner after Australia was staggering at 5-84.
After well and truly staking his claim as one of the greatest openers in the history of Test cricket, Hayden set about regaining his place in the one-day side in 2006-07 with amazing results.
He was recalled for the DLF Cup tournament in Malaysia and scored half-centuries in his first two matches but was overlooked for the main matches and the ICC Champions Trophy as the selectors preferred incumbent Simon Katich and then Shane Watson.
Never one to give up, Hayden belted 202 runs at 50.50 in four Ford Ranger Cup matches for the Bulls in the first half of the 2006-07 season, and was recalled to the national side after they had mixed results with Katich, Watson and Michael Clarke partnering regular opener Adam Gilchrist at different stages.
He averaged a respectable 43.00 in 10 matches in the ODI triangular series against England and New Zealand with a century and two half centuries, and then swatted a record 181 not out in the last of three ODIs for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in New Zealand in February 2007, averaging 108.50.
It got even better in the 2007 World Cup in March, where he brutalized allcomers to be the best batsman in the tournament.

He became just the second batsman in history to aggregate more than 600 runs at a World Cup and his 659 runs at 73.22 with a strike rate of 101.07 was 13 short of Sachin Tendulkar's record at the 2003 tournament.

Hayden went into the Caribbean World Cup with a broken toe on each foot, one sustained during his Australian one-day record 181 not out in the final game of the Chappell-Hadlee series in New Zealand in late February 2007.
A frightening limited-overs stroke-player, Hayden was a key part of Australia's 2003 World Cup win and formed a fearsome opening partnership with Gilchrist, but his form stuttered in 2005 and he was replaced for the 05-06 summer by Simon Katich.
For the Bulls he owns the most runs in a season from an incredibly purple 1993-94, when he feasted on 1136 with seven hundreds and an average of 126.22.
Queenslanders always knew 'Matt the Bat' had something special, but it took a lot to convince the national selectors. He played his first Test as a replacement for Mark Taylor in South Africa in 1993-94 and broke a bone in his hand, but had to wait three years for his next call, figuring in six Tests against West Indies and South Africa before returning to more domestic brutality.
The third international chapter was the longest lasting. The India tour of 2000-01 was his breakthrough when his muscular sweeping earned an Australian-record 549 runs in three Tests. Finally, he was playing with the same power and poise that he had displayed for a decade at Queensland. It was also the early stages of his bonding with Justin Langer and the pair developed into an irresistible and intimidating opening combination.
In the domestic competition his career highs were 234 against Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba, and 152 not out in the one-day competition, the third highest score by a Bull, when standing up to Victoria in 1998-99. While his appetite for runs remained unsatisfied, he was also ravenously hungry for knowledge as a chef.
He published a best-selling cookbook in 2004 and followed that up with another in 2006, picking up recipes and tips on his travels, as well as cooking food for his team-mates on tour.
A child of Kingaroy in the South Burnett, Hayden is a committed fisherman, surfer and father of three children. He has already taken an active role in promoting Indigenous cricket and is also keen to continue his work with the Australian Cricketers Association outside of a number of business interests.