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Haynes retires from cricket after a glittering career

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rachel Haynes, a core member of the Australian team that has dominated women’s cricket for a generation, called time on her 13-year international career on Thursday. The 35-year-old top-order batsman also retired from state cricket but said she would play another season for Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League.

The left-hander has scored 3,818 runs in over 150 international matches across all three formats since his debut in 2009 and won six world titles with Australia.

As vice-captain since 2018, Haynes has helped Australia win two T20 World Cups and that year’s 50-over World Cup triumph and the inaugural Commonwealth Games gold medal.

“Rachel’s calm and reassuring leadership has played a key role in helping Australia become one of the most successful sporting teams in history,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.

Haynes retires from cricket after a glittering career

“She will go down as a great of the game.”

Haynes’ retirement on Australia captain Meg Lanning’s indefinite leave signals the beginning of the end of a golden generation of Australian women cricketers.

However, Haynes believes the future of Australian women’s cricket is in safe hands.

“One of the great things about a long career is seeing people around you develop,” he said.

“I’m very proud of the way this team has brought players in and developed them.

“Being a leader in this environment has been one of the greatest honors of my career.”

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