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The story of Rachael Haynes – the ever reliable, selfless and versatile Australian leader

Commonwealth Games gold medalist and five-time World Cup winner Rachael Haynes, who is also one of Australia’s and the world’s most elite cricketing figures, 35, in a shocking move, declared herself retired from international cricket and had declared the upcoming 8th edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) to be her last cricket appearance.

Rachel Haynes. PC: Getty Images

Through consistent performances, Rachael Haynes has earned herself the title of “always reliable player”, the maturity of her game and the group has always seen her as a leader and an integral part of the Australian team there. . it’s just a lot of Rachael Haynes that Australia will miss.

Rachael Haynes has a story and screenplay like many others but is different in her own way. The story sees a beginning, a rise, a fall, a turning point, a revival, a taste of success and a deserved end. Continue reading.


Rachael Haynes ended a difficult and illustrious 13-year career, spanning 167 games representing Australia. Haynes made her international debut in 2009 after representing the Australian youth team and on her debut against England at Lord’s scored 26 from 45 before being played by Holly Colvin.

Rachel Haynes.  PC: Getty Images
Rachel Haynes. PC: Getty Images


Just three days after his ODI debut came the green and ample moment the born boxing day would have dreamed of growing up. She didn’t quite come to bat under the most favorable conditions as the scoreboard showed Australia 5-28. But the ever reliable Haynes made the outing favorable as she alongside skipper Jodie Fields went on to forge a record sixth wicket partnership of 228 but Haynes on her debut was overthrown by Laura Marsh on 98 , and the dying couple took longer. than expected to happen. The following day, she landed her first Test wicket in Nicky Shaw after 4 first overs.


After a good ODI series against New Zealand in the 2009-10 series, she made her T20I in the 2nd round of the same series. In her debut, batting at No. 6, she scored an unbeaten 14 in Australia’s 2-run loss to White Ferns. A few days later, at Westpac Stadium, she recorded career-best T20I bowling numbers of 3/19 over two overs.


The 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup which Australia ultimately won saw Rachael Hayes with consistent performances as she topped 39 for Australia in the opener and then scored 83 from 108 balls against South Africa and then came in at 71* from 61 against Sri Lanka and in the final scored 52 balls from 74 and she finished fourth top scorer after compiling 273 balls with an average of 45.50.


Rachael Haynes then toured England for her second Ashes series, faced a sharp drop in form and a few ducks after series of low scores were an insult to injury. In the lead up to the 2013–14 Women’s Ashes, Haynes had been selected for the series and groomed with the Perth squad, but was later told the touring group size would be reduced and she was no longer needed. She did not receive a contract with the national team for the 2014-15 season and later completed her university degree before finding full-time employment. At the end of 2016, there were strong rumors that Haynes was planning to retire from cricket.


A three-day-a-week job offer from Cricket New South Wales and a combined $17,000 state contract raise to settle Haynes got one final crack. Ahead of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Australia toured New Zealand where Haynes was not initially selected but a last minute surprise call after injuries to Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry featured one last long-awaited crack she wanted to come. At Eden Park, back on the international stage, Haynes scored 50 (61) and although Australia lost the game by 5 wickets and had a fitness problem a few days later, the selectors were happy to have him in the mix and Rachael Haynes earned a national team contract for the 2017-18 season.


Rachael Haynes recovered from a serious ankle injury just in time and was named in Australia’s squad for the 2017 Cricket World Cup in England. She was presented with a few opportunities at the top of Australia, but she personally didn’t have any great outings. Regular skipper, Meg Lanning was sidelined for six to eight months and Rachael Haynes was as substitute skipper and also had personal performances with 89 (58) in the 2nd ODI and scored 12 (10) in the first T20I which Australia won by six wickets to retain the Ashes. The Only Test, famous for the double ton of Ellyse Perry, was drawn under the direction of Haynes and deserves to be highlighted.


After missing out on her first century on her Test debut, she got there in 2019, against Sri Lanka at Allan Border Field scoring 118 from 132 in a 110 run ODI victory. Rachael Haynes reached her second century earlier this year in the Women’s World Cup against England with a career-best 130.


Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning with the ODI World Cup trophy.  PC: Getty Images
Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning with the ODI World Cup trophy. PC: Getty Images

A decorated career sees Rachael Haynes as the World Cup champion of the 2013 and 2022 editions, the Women’s T20 World Champion of the 2010, 2012, 2018 and 2020 editions and the most recent on the international scene being the gold medal of the Commonwealth in Birmingham, England. In domestic cricket, she won the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) for 6 consecutive times from 2011-12 to 2018-19 season. In the Women’s Big Bash League, she won a few titles in the 2015-16 and 2020-21 editions and is also a 4-time winner of the Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup after winning 4 successive editions from 2009-10 to 2014-15.


Her long list of individual awards sees her as the 2017-18 WNCL Tournament Player of the Tournament, the 2017-18 WNCL Captains Most Valuable Player, a 3-time WNCL Finals Player who won the title in 2011. -12, 2013-14 and 2014-15 editions. She also received the Sharon Tredrea Award in 2010-11, then the Alex Blackwell Medal in 2017-18 and the most recent was ICC Player of the Month in March 2022.