Born: December 26, 1986, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Major Teams: Australia Under-23s Women, Australia Women, Victoria Women
Playing Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left Arm Medium
Product: Rapid Pro Players
The great fairytale comeback story of Australian cricket, in 2017 Rachael Haynes went from the brink of retirement after 4 years out of the Australian team to lifting the Ashes trophy as Australian captain. A highly skilled batter who made 98 on Test debut in England in 2009, Haynes was regular Australian player until 2013 using a mixture of flair and resourcefulness.
After four years in the wilderness her Australian days looked over, but a renaissance started in the WBBL that resulted in her being called up for an Australian ODI when injuries struck. An impressive 50 put her back in the frame and subsequently she played Womens’ World Cup games later in 2017 because of injury. As a sign of things to come she captained Australia in one of those games, a nod to her leadership skills.
When Australian captain Meg Lanning was forced to miss the 2017-18 Ashes through injury, Haynes not only took her place in the side, she also took the captaincy! A golden summer ensued where she led Australia to the Ashes while making significant contributions with the bat and reigniting her career.