Australia World Cup winner and vice-captain Rachael Haynes retires from internationals

Rachael Haynes, vice-captain and World Cup champion for Australia, has announced her retirement from international competition.

The 35-year-old batter has been an essential member of the all-conquering Australian team, helping them win two World Cups in the 50-over format and three in the Twenty20 format, as well as gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Haynes has played 77 one-day internationals, 84 T20 matches, and six Test matches for Australia since making her debut in 2009.

She has retired from state cricket but will participate in the 2022 Big Bash.

According to Haynes, being a leader in this setting has been the most significant honor of my career.

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“Thanks to all of my teammates throughout the course of my career, I’ve been able to play for as long as I have. You’ve motivated me every day to do better.”

The left-hander made a stunning recovery after dropping in 2013, averaging 34.81 in Tests, 39.76 in ODIs, and 26.56 in T20s.

Following Meg Lanning’s injury and six months after being recalled in 2017, she led Australia to a draw in the Ashes that allowed them to keep the urn.

She joined forces with Alyssa Healy to establish a potent opening pair in one-day international cricket. This year, she finished behind Healy as the second-highest scorer in the 50-over World Cup with 130 against England in her team’s first game.

Matthew Mott took over the England men’s white-ball teams when captain Lanning took an extended leave from cricket last month, leaving Australia without a head coach.

The next T20 World Cup gets underway in February.