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Australian opener Matthew Hayden announced his retirement from representative cricket, ending a celebrated 103-Test career.
The 37-year-old made the announcement at a press conference at the Gabba on Tuesday after spending the last few days mulling over his dumping from Australia's Twenty20 and one-day squads.
"Today I'm announcing my retirement from representative cricket, effective immediately," Hayden said.
"I know that now is the time to move on."
Hayden said he was proud of having been part of a great era of Australian cricket.
"I've lived the dream of every kid who has ever picked up a bat and ball and wanted to wear the baggy green," he said.
Cricket Australia said Hayden would farewell fans during the innings break at Tuesday night's Twenty20 international match at the Gabba.
"Matthew was an integral part of the most successful era in Australian cricket history," CA chairman Jack Clarke said.
"It would be an interesting task if the (Australian) team of the Century was to be selected today, to rate Matthew against Bill Ponsford and Arthur Morris."
Hayden said he had many things he wanted to focus on in life after cricket.
"I am retiring from cricket, not from life, there is still so much that I want to achieve and contribute to the community," he said.
Family time, cooking, fishing and spending time outdoors were among the passions he wanted to pursue.
Hayden also said he wanted to help promote cricket among the indigenous community and to continue his work with the McGrath Foundation.
"I have no intentions of turning my back on our great game, a game which has given me great joy, rather I would like to focus on some key areas," he said.
Hayden had battled all summer to rediscover the touch that made him one of the premier openers in the nation's cricketing history.
Recently he endured a torrid time with the bat, averaging just 19.5 during Australia's 2-1 Test series loss to the Proteas, their first series loss at home in over 16 years.
Since returning from an Achilles injury this year, Hayden scored 383 runs at 23.93 in his last nine Tests compared to his overall outstanding record of 8,625 runs at 50.73.
His 39 at the SCG last week against South Africa was his highest score in five Tests after failing to pass 50 in two Test series, the other against New Zealand.
Hayden's wife Kellie gave a strong indication the Sydney Test would be her husband's last when she stood and emotionally applauded him off the ground at the SCG.
The Queenslander had been working towards playing a final Ashes series in England this year, before deciding now was the right time to quit.
He has 30 Test centuries to his name and 29 half-centuries.
NSW's Phil Jaques is the likely replacement for Hayden in the Test side if he can fully recover from a back injury in time for next month's return tour of South Africa.
Hayden played 161 one-day internationals for Australia, scoring 6,133 at an average of 43.80 and playing in two World Cup-winning sides.
In the one-day arena he plundered 10 centuries and 36 half-centuries with a top-score of 181 not out.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says Hayden could count himself among the top three left-handers to have represented Australia.
The minister paid tribute to Hayden, saying the 37-year-old was "a great Australian".
Hayden had been a great left-hander for Queensland and for Australia and the public would greet his retirement with great affection, he said.
"I think together with Arthur Morris and Justin Langer he lays claim to being in the top three left-handed opening batsmen for Australia for all time."
Morris had been a member of Don Bradman's 1948 "Invincibles" team.
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