Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes has shocked the world by announcing her immediate retirement from international cricket.
An accomplished top-order batter who often came to the rescue when the Australian side was in distress, Haynes retires with more than 150 games for her country. The left-handed allrounder, who turns 36 in December, played 167 matches for Australia – six Tests, 77 ODIs and 84 T20Is – in an international career that started at Lord’s in 2009.
Haynes captained Australia on 14 occasions when filling in for Meg Lanning, most notably during the 2017-18 Ashes when Lanning was ruled out due to a shoulder injury.
The 35-year-old finished having won two ICC Women’s World Cup titles for Australia in 2013 and 2022 and another two ICC Women’s T20 World Cups in 2018 and 2020.
Haynes paid tribute to her teammates for helping her throughout her career.
“Playing at this level isn’t possible without the support of many people,” Haynes said in an official statement released by Cricket Australia.
“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,” she added.
“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,” said the Australia vice-captain.