Born on Boxing Day, Rachael Haynes’ earliest cricketing memories were bowling at the door of her dog’s kennel in the family’s backyard.
Originally from Melbourne, Haynes made her WNCL debut for Victoria as a 19-year-old in in the 2005/06 season. She went on to become a key figure in the Spirit line-up and skippered her State to back-to-back WT20 titles in her first two seasons as captain.
Haynes’ leadership potential was recognised early and in 2008 she was chosen to lead the Australian Youth team, guiding them to upset victories over the senior English and Australian teams.
In 2009 she was selected in the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad for their tour of England where she made 98 runs in her Test debut. She was dismissed in the final over of the first day in that match as the nervous nineties caught up with her!
In 2011/12 Haynes moved north and joined the Lend Lease Breakers. She had a major impact on the team that summer, especially in the WNCL Final. Haynes was standing at the other end as NSW lost two early wickets in the decider against Victoria. Along with Lisa Sthalekar, Haynes mounted a fight-back which saw her post 156 – the first ever century in a WNCL Finals match.
Haynes was promoted to vice-captain of the Lend Lease Breakers last summer and played a key role in the team winning both the WNCL and WT20 in the same season.
She has also established her place in the Australian team, playing in both of Southern Stars’ World T20 and World Cup victories last season. She was Australia’s leading run scorer at the World Cup in India, with her form earning her place in the Team of the Tournament.
2013/14 will be a big season for Haynes with the Lend Lease Breakers out to defend the double, while she’ll also be looking to play a big part in the multi-format Ashes Series against England.