Hayden Joins the Aussie Exodus; Bowing Out: Opener Matthew Hayden

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

MATTHEW HAYDEN today became the sixth member of the Australia team that thrashed England 5-0 in the 2007 Ashes to quit cricket.

The opener scored 8,625 runs in 103 Tests at an average of 50.73 in a 17-year career and also helped Australia to win two World Cups.

However, he averaged less than 20 during the recent 2-1 Test series defeat by South Africa and last week was left out of his country's one-day and Twenty20 squads.

There seemed little chance the 37-year-old would be selected for this summer's tour of England and accepted now was the time to go.

"I'm paid to get runs and when you are short of runs you have to start asking questions," he said.

During an emotional press conference in Brisbane, Hayden went on: "I have lived the dream and loved every minute there's zero regrets when it comes to my cricket.

"I feel privileged to have been in a position where I've had longevity because I've experienced the enormity of the experience in the longer term. …