Hayden confirms his place among the all-time greats of the game

January 14th, 2009 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Jan.14 (ANI): Australias Matthew Hayden, who has just retired from representative cricket, 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, according to the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings.
Haydens highest Test rating of 935 came during the Ashes series of 2002-03 and puts him level in 10th position with South Africas Jacques Kallis and just behind four others, Sri Lankas Kumar Sangakkara and a West Indian triumvirate consisting of legends Clyde Walcott, Viv Richards and Garry Sobers.
Haydens one-day performances put him 18th in the all-time Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen with a career- high rating of 854 points, a tally that puts him level with New Zealands Glenn Turner and just behind Sri Lankas 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. The full all-time lists can be viewed at www.iccreliancerankings.com . Such outstanding ratings can only be achieved by players who display consistent excellence over a prolonged period of time.
Haydens 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. His highest score of 380 against Zimbabwe at the WACA in 2003 was a world record at the time and at his best he was an impossibly aggressive and mentally strong player who loved to dominate bowling through brute force.
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. An obvious highlight was when he smashed 10 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 181 against New Zealand in the last ODI of the 2006-07 Chappell-Hadlee series. Then, later in 2007 he was the leading run-scorer at the ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, knocking off 659 runs at an average of 73.22.
Indeed, 2007 was a great year for the Queenslander which resulted in him winning the ODI Player of the Year at the prestigious ICC Awards. This accolade was made all the more significant considering a year earlier he was not even in the Australia one-day team.
Top ten Reliance Mobile ICC Test Player Rankings as of January 14, 2009:
Rank Player Team HS Rating
1 Don Bradman AUS 961 v India, 06/02/1948
2 Len Hutton ENG 945 v West Indies, 30/03/1954
3. Jack Hobbs ENG 942 v Australia, 19/08/1912
4. Ricky Ponting AUS 942 v England, 01/12/2006
5. Peter May ENG 941 v Australia, 23/08/1956
6. Clyde Walcott WI 938 v Australia, 11/06/1955
7. Viv Richards WI 938 v England, 27/03/1981
8. Garry Sobers WI 938 v India, 13/01/1967
9. Kumar Sangakkara SL 938 v England, 01/12/2007
10. Matthew Hayden AUS 935 v England, 07/11/2002 (ANI)

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