Hayden seals berth among all-time greats

Mumbai: Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden, who retired from representative cricket on Tuesday, can now look back on an international career that puts him in the top 10 Test batsmen and top 20 ODI batsmen of all-time.


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Hayden’s highest Test rating of 935 came during the Ashes series of 2002-03 and puts him level in 10th position with South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.

He is just behind four others, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and a West Indian triumvirate consisting of legends Clyde Walcott, Viv Richards and Garry Sobers.

Hayden’s one-day performances put him 18th in the all-time ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen with a career- high rating of 854 points, a tally that puts him level with New Zealand’s Glenn Turner and just behind Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva.

To put this in perspective, only 25 batsmen in the history of the game have amassed 900 rating points or more in Test cricket while just 20 have passed the 850-point mark in ODIs.

Hayden’s achievements in the game are remarkable. In 103 Tests he scored 8,625 runs at an average of 50.73, including 30 centuries and 29 fifties.

He twice scored centuries in four successive Tests, putting him in an exclusive club of just three batsmen who have achieved that feat (the others being Don Bradman and Ken Barrington) and he passed the 1,000-run mark in a calendar year on five occasions.

He played 161 ODIs, scoring 6,133 runs at an average of 43.80.