Rachael Haynes retires from international cricket

Rachael Haynes has called time on a glittering international career, announcing her retirement from the Australian team.

The nation’s vice-captain debuted for the national team in 2009, and has racked up 2500 runs in one-day internationals, while also appearing in six Tests with an average of 34.81.

“Playing at this level isn’t possible without the support of many people. From clubs, states, coaches, family and friends, I’m so grateful to those who helped me along the way,” she said in a statement.

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“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.”

Haynes scored 68 in Australia’s World Cup final win in April, and notched 19 half-centuries in 50-over cricket for her country, as well as two scores of triple figures.

Haynes won the 50-over World Cup twice with Australia, as well as four T20 World Cup victories; in 2010, 12, 18, and 20.

“One of the great things about having a long career is watching those around you develop,” she said.

“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.”

The 35-year-old will continue to ply her trade for the Sydney Thunder in this summer’s WBBL.

“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,” CEO Nick Hockley 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.”

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