Matthew Lawrence Hayden (29 October, 1971) is an Australian cricketer. He was born in Kingaroy, Queensland to Laurence and Moya Hayden. He was educated at Marist College in Ashgrove and he is an Australian and Queensland representative cricketer.
Hayden (nicknames: Haydos, Unit) is a powerful and aggressive left hand opening batsman, known for his ability to score quickly at both Test and one day levels. He is particularly proficient when hitting down the ground. Hayden currently holds the record for the highest scores made by an Australian batsman in both the Test (380) and One Day International (181 not out) arenas. He formed one of the most prolific opening partnerships in world Test cricket for Australia with Justin Langer, and in ODI cricket with Adam Gilchrist, and is currently partnered with Phil Jaques as an opener in the Australian Test team.
During these years Hayden was a prolific batsman for the Queensland first-class cricket team. Weight of domestic cricket runs and persistence resulted in a resurrection of his international career for the 1999/2000 tour of New Zealand. In the subsequent 2000/1 tour of India he averaged a Bradmanesque 109.80 with 539 runs from the 3 test series. Since then he has been an automatic selection for the Test side. In the 2007-08 series against India Hayden scored three centuries, raising his tally of centuries against India to 5. He currently has 30 test centuries to his name, the first left-handed opening batsman to achieve this feat.
In 2001 he scored a then Australian record of 1391 runs in Test matches in one calendar year, and subsequently won the Allan Border Medal as the best Australian player of the year. Hayden scored over 1000 Test runs in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005, the first man to achieve the feat five times. Hayden was selected as one of Wisden's five 2003 Cricketers of the Year. He briefly held the world record for the highest Test score, 380, which he scored at the WACA against Zimbabwe on 10 October 2003. Brian Lara of the West Indies reclaimed the record with 400 not out against England on April 12, 2004. Of note, as of July 2008 he had the third highest conversion rate in history with a Test century every 3.13 Tests played, behind only Don Bradman at 1.79, and Clyde Walcott at 2.93. (This holds for players who have scored a minimum of 15 Test centuries.)
Despite these achievements, Hayden has received criticism from some quarters for being a "flat-track bully". These critics have contrasted his ability to score big runs on great batting pitches with how he was troubled during the 2005 Ashes by the less batsman-friendly English conditions. Against an admittedly high quality swing and pace attack - the "fantastic foursome" of Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones - he averaged a meagre 35.33 across the 5 match series. Hayden's defenders point out that he was not alone in finding England tough-going as even Australia's captain and talisman - Ricky Ponting - averaged under 40, whilst other big names such as Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn failed to impress with averages near 20.
He has also been a regular slip fielder for Australia and has taken the 13th most catches by non-wicketkeepers in test history. He also shares the record for the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in a test match with seven catches against Sri Lanka in 2004. His most notable fielding partnership has been with Shane Warne, with the caught Hayden, bowled Warne dismissal being the equal third most common partnership for a non-wicketkeeper with 39 wickets, behind caught Taylor, bowled Warne and ''caught Dravid, bowled Kumble.
On 20 February 2007, Matthew Hayden posted his highest ODI score (181 not out) against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Australia posted 346 for 5 wickets and New Zealand replied with 350 for 9 wickets and won the Chappel-Hadlee series 3-0.
Hayden hit another milestone against the Kiwis when he become only the third person (the others being Mark Waugh and Sourav Ganguly) to hit 3 centuries (101 vs RSA, 158 vs WI, 103 vs NZ) in a single World Cup tournament on 20 April 2007. The century against South Africa came off just 66 balls and is the fastest World Cup ton ever beating the previous record set by John Davison . The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis awarded Hayden with honorary citizenship after the match.
Hayden also became only the second player in World Cup history to surpass 600 runs in a single tournament. He needed to score a further 52 runs to equal the record that was set by Sachin Tendulkar in the previous World Cup but fell short by 14 runs. He ended the tournament with 659 runs at an average of 73.22.
In September 2007, Hayden was named ODI Player of the Year after his dominating performance throughout the World Cup. An extraordinary performance considering his place in the Australian side was in jeopardy during the Australian VB Series against England and New Zealand. He officially holds the record for being the top runs scorer in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, scoring 265 runs in the whole tournament.
As a fallout of that instance in February 2008, Hayden was charged for a code of conduct violation by Cricket Australia, for calling the Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh an obnoxious little weed, and for inviting Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma for a fight, during an interview aired on Brisbane radio station; he was also heard to mimic Sharma`s Indian accent in this exchange..
He was reprimanded for his comment by Cricket Australia, but maintained his innocence..
|Matthew Hayden's Test Centuries|
|||125||3||West Indies||Adelaide, Australia||Adelaide Oval||1997|
|||119||14||India||Mumbai, India||Wankhede Stadium||2001|
|||203||16||India||Chennai, India||M.A.Chidambaram Stadium||2001|
|||136||22||New Zealand||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2001|
|||131||25||South Africa||Adelaide, Australia||Adelaide Oval||2001|
|||138||26||South Africa||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||2001|
|||105||27||South Africa||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2002|
|||122||28||South Africa||Johannesburg, South Africa||New Wanderers Stadium||2002|
|||119||32||Pakistan||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium||2002|
|||197||34||England||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2002|
|||103||34||England||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2002|
|||102||34||England||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||2002|
|||103*||40||West Indies||Grenada||Queen's Park||2003|
|||177||42||West Indies||St Johns, Antigua||Antigua Recreation Ground||2003|
|||380||45||Zimbabwe||Perth, Australia||WACA Ground||2003|
|||101*||46||Zimbabwe||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2003|
|||136||49||India||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||2003|
|||130||51||Sri Lanka||Galle, Sri Lanka||Galle International Stadium||2004|
|||117||55||Sri Lanka||Cairns, Australia||Bundaberg Rum Stadium||2004|
|||132||55||Sri Lanka||Cairns, Australia||Bundaberg Rum Stadium||2004|
|||138||72||England||London, England||The Oval||2005|
|||111||73||ICC World XI cricket team||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2005|
|||118||74||West Indies||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2005|
|||110||75||West Indies||Tasmania, Australia||Bellerive Oval||2005|
|||137||78||South Africa||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||2005|
|||102||81||South Africa||Durban, South Africa||Kingsmead||2006|
|||153||88||England||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||2006|
|||124||92||India||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||2007|
|||123||93||India||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2008|
|||103||94||India||Adelaide, Australia||Adelaide Oval||2008|
|Matthew Hayden's One Day International Centuries|
|||111||22||India||Vishakapatnam, India||Indira Priyadarshini Stadium||2001|
|||146||38||Pakistan||Nairobi, Kenya||Gymkhana Club Ground||2002|
|||109||84||Sri Lanka||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2004|
|||126||89||India||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2004|
|||114||110||New Zealand||Christchurch, New Zealand||AMI Stadium||2005|
|||117||127||New Zealand||Perth, Australia||WACA Ground||2007|
|||181*||134||New Zealand||Hamilton, New Zealand||Westpac Park||2007|
|||101||137||South Africa||Basseterre, St. Kitts||Warner Park Stadium||2007|
|||158||138||West Indies||North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||2007|
|||103||143||New Zealand||Grenada||Queen's Park, Grenada||2007|