A proud left-hander, Haynes was identified as a talented player from an early age. She progressed through pathway development programs and was a consistent performer in Victoria’s underage representative teams.
She made her domestic debut for Victoria in the 2005-06 season and became one of the side’s most prolific batters as she guided them to back-to-back WT20 titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Persistence at domestic level earned Haynes a national call-up. She made her international debut in a One Day International (ODI) match against England at Lord’s, where she scored 26 off 45 balls, a knock that included four fours.
Shortly after this match, Haynes made her Test debut, where she joined Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Jodie Fields at the crease, with the team in a precarious position at 5-28.
The pair put together a record partnership of 228 to save the team from an embarrassing first innings defeat. Heartbreakingly, Haynes was bowled for 98, narrowly missing out on a Test century on debut.
Since then she has been a consistent performer for the side in all formats of the game. Haynes has enjoyed great success with the national team, taking part in the victorious campaigns for the 2010 and 2012 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup.
Originally from Victoria, Haynes moved her allegiances to New South Wales in 2011, helping her new side to victory in the Women’s National Cricket League Final (WNCL), where she top scored with 156, against her former state.
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