Shock retirement: Star Australia batter calls it quits

Haynes retired after more than 150 games played for her nation. She was a skilled top-order batsman who frequently saved the Australian team when they were in trouble.

The 35-year-old retires with two ICC Women's World Cup victories for Australia in 2013 and 2022, as well as two more ICC Women's T20 World Cup victories in 2018 and 2020.

The reliable left-hander contributed half-centuries for Australia in the final of both 50-over World Cup victories, frequently saving her best for the moment of truth.

In appreciation for their support during her career, Haynes thanked her teammates.

Without the help of many, playing at this level is impossible, according to Haynes.

"I'm extremely appreciative to everyone who supported me along the journey, including clubs, states, coaches, family, and friends. I want to express my gratitude to my partner Leah, as well as my parents Ian and Jenni, for their constant support.

"To all the team-mates across my career, you are the reason I’ve played as long as I have. You’ve inspired me to be better every day. I’ve learnt something from all of you, on and off the field. You’ve challenged me as a player, helped me grow as a person and most importantly, made cricket fun.  

"One of the great things about having a long career is watching those around you develop. I’m extremely proud of the way this team has brought players in and nurtured their development. The ability to help players transition smoothly has been instrumental to our team’s success. To be a leader within this environment has been the greatest privilege of my career."

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