14 Jan 2009

Hayden announces retirement from international cricket

5:50 am on 14 January 2009

The Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 37-year-old says he's quitting immediately having played played 103 Tests for Australia between 1994 and 2009, scoring 8,625 runs at an average of almost 51, including 30 centuries.

He made 161 one day international appearances and featured in the Australian teams that won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.

Hayden insisted he wanted to play on until this year's Ashes tour of England but his announcement to retire wasn't unexpected in the wake of recent poor form.