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.
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.