Mathew Lawrence Hayden is a professional Australian cricketer who plays for the Australian national team. Hayden is a potent and attacking left hand opening batsman who is reputed for scoring at a fast speed in One dayers as well as Tests. His proficiency lies on hitting down the ground. He was educated at Marist College in Ashgrove and also played cricket for the Queensland team.
On 4 March 1994 Hayden made his Test match debut in Johannesburg against South Africa and scored 15 and 5. Next he was selected for the 1996-97 season in which there were 3 tests each against South Africa and the West Indies. He made his debut century however an average of 21.7 was insufficient to retain him in a star packed Australian squad. As he was dropped it seemed that his international career was over.
As he scored well in the domestic cricket he was recalled for the 1999-2000 tour of New Zealand. In the next tour which was of India he played in 3 tests and made 539 runs at an average of 109.80. In the calendar year of 2001 Hayden scored 1391 runs in Test matches, which was an Australian record at that time. Hayden has scored more than 1000 Test runs not only in 2001 but also in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 and became the first player to attain such a feat five times.
When Australia won the One Day International Cricket World Cup in 2003 Hayden was a member of the side. After being dropped out of the Australian squad he returned in the 2006-07 Australian season. While playing against New Zealand in Hamilton at Seddon Park on 20 February 2007 Hayden scored his highest One day score of 181 not out. In the history of the World Cup Hayden became the second player to cross 600 runs in a single tournament. To equal the record set by Sachin Tendulkar he was in need of 52 runs however he missed the record by 14 runs. In the tournament he scored 659 runs at an average of 73.22. In 2008 he also played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Won the Allan Border Medal as the best Australian player of the year in 2001. Hayden was selected as one of Wisden’s five 2003 Cricketers of the Year.