Matthew Lawrence Hayden, was one of the most threatening left-handed batsmen to play for Australia in the 90’s and 2000’s. The opening partnership of Hayden and Adam Gilchrist was dreaded by most of the opponent teams. Hayden made his ODI debut in 1993 against England, a year later he made his test debut against South Africa. Hayden’s career didn’t take off that well. In 1994, Hayden could not handle the joint attack of the South African bowlers. He was immediately dropped from the squad.
For the next two years, Hayden could not find his way back into the team. Hayden again joined the team in a home series against West Indies. This proved to be a good series for him, he silenced his critics with his 125 runs against the Windies. Luck didn’t favor him much, he again had a bad series against South Africa and the selector thought of picking other opener in his place.
Hayden’s determination urged him to fight back in 2001. Against India his total score of 549 in the series still remains the best by any Australian in a 3 test match series. This hard-hitting cricketer scored four hundreds in Tests against South Africa and New Zealand. Hayden experienced the best of his test career between the years 2001 to 2005. He smashed 380 runs only from 436 balls against Zimbabwe in 2003. Hayden’s triple century broke the record score of 375 which was set by Brian Lara in 1994. Hayden’s record dipped to the second position when Lara again broke all the previous records with his 400 not out in 2004.
Hayden’s form suddenly took an u turn and he started performing poorly. He did not score a single ton in sixteen successive test matches. This was threatening for Hayden as his staying in the team was questioned. His poor form in Ashes 2005, earned him stern remarks from the selectors. He answered back with a 138 in the fifth test in the same series. This ton saved his career.
Hayden again was back on track, his performance in 2007-08 still remains one of the best in his career. Hayden surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 test centuries, by scoring 30 centuries in his 94th test match. This strong build batsman decided to put an end to his test career in 2009.
Hayden’s One day career was also appraisable like his test career. His score of 181 against New Zealand, earned him the glory of holding both the ODI and Test highest score record by an Australian. His record score was broken by Shane Watson in 2011. This fine batsman retired from ODI in 2008.
Hayden was also a part of Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008.
Matthew Hayden was born 29th October 1971, in Brisbane, Australia. Hayden got married to Kellie Hayden. The couple is blessed with three kids, Thomas Joseph, Joshua and Grace. Hayden is a loving husband and a doting father.
Matthew Hayden Net Worth
Hayden is a little bit reserved when it comes to his personal life. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million US dollars as of 2017.
After retiring from the International Cricket, Matthew Hayden has been concentrating on his business venture. His creation “Get Outside Group” focuses on communication strategies and the need for video based contents to enhance the brand name of a company. Not only Hayden has been a brilliant cricketer but he is taking his business to great height as well. He is running this venture successfully since November 2012.
This legendary cricketer also became the brand ambassador for the Mahindra Group in 2015.
In his long cricketing career, Hayden has been quite famous for his hot temperament. Many a times, Hayden has found himself in the middle of controversies which involved his ruthless sledging.
In 2003, during a match against England, Hayden had a disagreement with the Umpire, on his way back to the pavilion his temper shot up and broke a window. He ended up paying a hefty fine for the shameful incident.
BCCI and former Pakistan Captain Wasim Akram, criticized Hayden for calling India a third world country. Hayden stood by his words and strongly defended his comment.
Hayden merciless smashing of balls over the boundary became a scary factor for the bowler. This superb cricketer has earned his moments of glory. He has been a part of Australia’s World Cup winning team. His contribution in the world of cricket will forever be cherished and a world class batsman like him will forever be missed.