Matthew Hayden Retired From Cricket

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Following is the transcript from Matthew Hayden’s retirement announcement.

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“Today I’m announcing my retirement from representative cricket effective immediately.

“It is a decision I have not taken lightly and I’m here after much thought, consideration and discussion with my family and close friends.
“It is ultimately my decision and I know that now is the time to move on to the next stage of my life and my career.

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“I’ve spent the last 17 years doing something I’ve loved. And that is playing cricket for my country.

“I’ve lived the dream of every kid who’s ever picked up a bat or ball and wanted to wear the baggy green. I’ve loved every minute I’ve represented Australia and Queensland.

“And it is a privilege and an honour that I will always remember fondly.

“Importantly for me today, I’m retiring from cricket, not from life. There is still so much that I want to achieve and contribute to the community.

“I want to use the time to explore my other passions of fishing, boating, cooking and outdoors.

“I see the next part of my life helping Australian families and kids reconnect with our great country by simply taking the time to get outside.

“I’m excited by this opportunity and it’s something that I’ve been waiting to get my teeth into for some time.

“I have no intentions on turning my back on our great game; the game that has given me so much joy.

“Rather I would like to focus in on some key areas.

He said this would include a push to create greater opportunities in Indigenous cricket in the quest to “find the next indigenous cricketer to wear the baggy green”.

He said he would also continue to work closely with Glenn and Tracey Bevan and the McGrath Foundation, the Macquarie Bank Sports Foundation, and the Australian Cricketers Association.

He also thanked the people who had been “on my journey to date”.

“For my teammates I want to say thank you for your support and friendship. We’ve all relished in the opportunity to play in one of the iconic eras of Australian cricket.

“And as brothers of baggy green, it is our calling to ensure cricket remains strong. I wish to acknowledge the support and friendship of the team today. And to Ricky, obviously who I asked at short notice to accompany me today.

He also thanked Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland for the chance to represent the country and to Queensland Cricket chief Graham Dixon for his team’s “progressive thinking”.

He also thanked a string of supportive local and overseas cricket clubs.

“To the public and fans who have always supported me, your messages, banners and calls from the stands have always been an inspiration to me.

“I want to assure you that your support has been vital to my success and enjoyment of the game.

“Most importantly, I want to take this opportunity to thank my whole family for their support and unwavering love while I pursued the dream of representing my country.

“I want to specifically thank my wife Kellie. The life of a cricketers wife with three young children is a tough one. You have remained a tower of strength, making me feel in spite of the glaring challenges the road sometimes had ahead, that nothing was impossible.

“To our kids Grace, Josh and Thomas; Daddy can finally put away the suitcase. And I love you all very much.

“I see today as the end of my cricket career, as well as the start of a new one.

“I’ve loved so much playing cricket.

“And it is a great honour to play for my country and my State.

“I will never forget the experiences of the last 20 years as a professional cricketer and I’m looking forward to the next stage of my life.”

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-NKJ