Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes announces international retirement

Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes has announced her retirement from international cricket.

The 35-year-old has been a fixture of the Aussie side for the past decade, featuring in well over 150 games for the green and gold.

Haynes played 84 T20s, 77 ODIs and six Test matches for her country, as well as captaining the side during the 2017 World Cup.

The left-hander will also retire from domestic cricket for NSW, with the upcoming WBBL season with the Sydney Thunder to be her last. 

“Playing at this level isn’t possible without the support of many people,” Haynes said.

“From clubs, states, coaches, family and friends, I’m so grateful to those who helped me along the way. In particular, I want to thank my parents Ian and Jenni, and partner Leah for their unwavering support.  

“To all the teammates across my career, you are the reason I’ve played as long as I have.

“You’ve inspired me to be better every day. I’ve learnt something from all of you, on and off the field. You’ve challenged me as a player, helped me grow as a person and most importantly, made cricket fun.  

“One of the great things about having a long career is watching those around you develop. I’m extremely proud of the way this team has brought players in and nurtured their development.

“The ability to help players transition smoothly has been instrumental to our team’s success.

“To be a leader within this environment has been the greatest privilege of my career.”

Haynes will leave behind a lasting impact on women’s cricket, with Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley paying tribute to her fantastic contribution to the sport. 

“On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia I’d like to congratulate Rachael on an amazing career and also recognise the outstanding contribution she has made off the field,” he said.

“Rachael’s calm and assured leadership has played a key role in Australia becoming one of the most successful sporting teams in history. She will go down as a great of the game.

“Rachael has been an inspirational figure for kids coming into the game and to her many teammates and has played an integral part in the advancement of cricket as a sport for women and girls, both here in Australia and around the world.

”We look forward to watching Rachael in the WBBL this season and hope she maintains a close connection to the game in coming years.”

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