26/02/2024

Despite an impressive knock today, Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes believes it could be one of her final Women's Ashes innings (Photo: Australian Women's Cricket/Twitter)

She's in the twilight of her international career, and Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes believes this test in Canberra might just be her final Ashes test match.

She’s in the twilight of her international career, and Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes believes this test in Canberra might just be her final Ashes test match.

The 35-year-old has had a remarkable career and has been one of the consistent performers in all formats of the Women’s game.

Since making her debut in July 2009, she’s played 145 matches in all three formats. Scoring 3129 runs at an average of 33, Haynes has batted from as high up as opener and as low as number nine.

Haynes has been a consistent performer, with all five of her previous plus this test against England. She’s scored 293 in her previous tests at 32.6, with her highest score of 98 coming in her first test in 2009.

Since then, she has come close twice more to notching her maiden Test hundred, including her latest score of 86 off 180 deliveries today.

Speaking at Stumps on day one, Haynes conceded this could be her final Ashes test that she plays, but is well focussed on the task at hand in this Ashes series.

“I just want to enjoy it for what it is, I think it’s a really special occasion not just for me as a player, but for the whole team,” Haynes said.

“First and foremost I just want to focus on tomorrow and putting another good day of play together,”

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Today it was one of her trademark gritty performances on a tough Canberra wicket.

After being sent in to bat after England won the toss and chose to bowl, Australia lost the early wickets of Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney within the first five overs. After Ellyse Perry fell in the over after drinks in the first session, Haynes teamed up well with her teammate and close friend Meg Lanning.

She was dismissed 14 runs short of a maiden test hundred, putting on a 169 run partnership with Lanning. Haynes said she was happy with her partnership with Lanning as well as the effort of the other batters.

“Meg and I just spoke about leaving with good intent but still looking to score, but getting the bowlers to come to us a little bit and obviously having a really good partnership and trying to bat as long as we can,” she said.

“It wasn’t the ideal start, but I think we rallied really well”.

Lanning and Haynes’ partnership wasn’t the only crucial one, with Ashleigh Gardner and Tahlia McGrath putting on 84 following their dismissals in quick succession.

Haynes added that the partnership between McGrath and Gardner was crucial in the context of the match.

“They batted with really good intent and it swung the momentum back our way,” she said.

“It was pretty good to watch as well the contest between Ash and Katherine, that was good fun, but it was a really positive way to finish the match.”

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