Former Australian test cricketer, Aussie legend
Matthew Hayden is one of the most dominant and decorated opening batsmen in cricket history. Recognised among the greatest sportsmen of the modern era, Matthew Hayden first represented Australia at age 21. In a career spanning almost 15 years across all formats of the game, he amassed more than 15,000 International runs including 40 centuries.
Today, it is this renowned strength that he brings to bear on his business and philanthropic interests – strength of purpose, strength of vision, and the strength of character to see it through.
Matthew’s management company, The Hayden Way, is the embodiment of his belief in driving prosperity through purposeful business practices and good corporate citizenship. Proudly Australian with a heart for India, Matthew, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and resides on several commercial and philanthropic Boards. Some of these include Mahindra Automotive Australia Pty Ltd, Australia India Council and the Shoreline Foundation Ltd.
Along with several leadership roles, Matthew has a small stable of hand-picked companies that have strategically developed long term, sustainable brand associations that drive towards developing and delivering on projects with a heart measured by social impact. ESG solutions, management and brand consultancy, content ideation and creation all services led by Matthew and his team at The Hayden Way.
For several months of each year Matthew continues his involvement in cricket with broadcast work in India, a place he considers his ‘spiritual home’. His deep and abiding love for India, its people, its places and its culture, is something that continues to grow with each visit.
In 2010, the year following his retirement from cricket, Matthew was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in recognition of his contribution to Australian society. The honour paid tribute to Matthew’s service to both cricket, and to the community, through support for a range of health, youth and charitable organisations.
While his legacy to the game he so loves is rightly assured, it is his greater legacy that is now the core focus of his life and the way he lives his values.
At the very heart of Matthew’s life is family. And with his family he is able to indulge and share in his many passions: cooking, gardening, fishing, surfing, outdoor adventure.
And, of course, cricket.
More about Matthew Hayden:
Honours, Awards, Records – a snapshot
2002 Allan Border Medal
2002 Test Player of the Year
2003 Wisden Cricketer of the Year
2003 380: World Record for highest individual score in Test Cricket – Since succeeded by Brian Lara (400*)
2006 Wisden Test Batsman of the Decade (1996 – 2006)
2007 181*: highest ever ODI score by an Australian – Since succeeded by Shane Watson (185*)
2007 ICC One-Day Player of the Year
2008 One-Day International Player of the Year
2010 Member of the Order of Australia: Appointed for services to cricket, and to the
community through support for a range of health, youth and charitable
2014 Inducted into the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame
2017 Inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
2018 Inducted as Honouree into the Bradman Foundation
Co-Founder & Board Member – Hayden Reynolds Tiwi College Project
Advisory Committee – Junior Indigenous Marine & Environment Program