Rachael Haynes tributes pour in amid sad Aussie cricket news

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Rachael Haynes has called time on an extraordinary international cricket career for Australia. Pic: Twitter/Getty
Rachael Haynes has called time on an extraordinary international cricket career for Australia. Pic: Twitter/Getty

Aussie women's cricket great Rachael Haynes has been inundated with tributes across the cricket world after calling time on her glittering international career.

The 35-year-old on Thursday ended months of speculation by announcing that she was stepping down from international cricket after a 13-year career that included 167 games for the Green and Gold across all formats.

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Haynes becomes the first member of Australia's golden generation to announce her retirement, having capped off an extraordinary career with Commonwealth Games gold in Edinburgh.

The 35-year-old has also retired from domestic one-day cricket, but will commit to this summer's WBBL with the Sydney Thunder before ceasing to play entirely.

Haynes' career includes wins in three T20 World Cups and two one-day titles, while she also sits fourth all-time in leading run-scorers in the Women's National Cricket League.

One of the world's best top-order batters, Haynes enjoyed a career split in two after she was forced to fight her way back into the team following the loss in the 2013 Ashes.

Pictured on the right, Rachael Haynes poses with Australia captain Meg Lanning and former coach Matthew Mott after winning the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup.
Rachael Haynes (right) poses with Australia captain Meg Lanning and former coach Matthew Mott after winning the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup. Pic: Getty

She had to wait until 2017 to be recalled, taking over as captain almost immediately in that year's one-day World Cup.

The left-hander scored more than half of her 3818 career runs from that point, averaging 41.25 since her return to the side in all formats.

"One of the great things about having a long career is watching those around you develop," Haynes said in a statement.

"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."

Rachael Haynes' career celebrated across cricket world

News of Haynes' international retirement sparked an outpouring of support across the cricket world, with fans quick to celebrate one of Australia's finest female cricketers.

Haynes' retirement leaves Cricket Australia with another potential captaincy decision to make, as she has been skipper Meg Lanning's deputy for the past five years.

Lanning has taken an indefinite break from cricket for personal reasons, and is not guaranteed to return before Australia's next match in India in December.

Alyssa Healy would be the most likely candidate to fill the role if required, after serving as Lanning's deputy for part of last summer when Haynes was injured.

Seen here, Aussie batter Rachael Haynes celebrates her half century during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup final against England in Christchurch.
Aussie batter Rachael Haynes celebrates her half century during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup final against England in Christchurch. Pic: Getty

Haynes' retirement follows coach Matthew Mott's decision to walk away from the all-conquering Australian side earlier this year to take up the job as England's men's white-ball coach.

In turn, she becomes the first member of the team to quit the international game since Alex Blackwell in early 2018.

Australia's selectors have long set their eyes on succession planning, with Lanning (30), Healy (32) and Ellyse Perry (31) having all been part of the team for more than 12 years.

with AAP

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