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Hayden's big hits earn him big bucks

The Australian opener is set to reap million-dollar rewards for his blazing performance in the just-concluded WC.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2007 13:33 IST

Australian opener Matthew Hayden is set to reap million-dollar rewards for his blazing form in the just-concluded World Cup with Cricket Australia planning a massive hike in the left-hander's pay-packet.

Hayden, who plundered 659 runs in the premier event, is set to become the one of the top-five earners in Australian cricket with the Board deciding to hike his retainership, the Sunday Mail reported.

Hayden was 19th on the earning list with a retainership of $300,000 till a year ago and was also struggling to keep his place in the Australian ODI side after a string of poor performances but his World Cup heroics have changed the scene.

His CA retainership is likely to go up to $550,000 and with prizemoney, private sponsorships, bonuses and tour fees, the left-hander is set to take home a pay-packet of over $1.2 million.

His manager Chris White confirmed Hayden was up for a massive pay hike.

"Hayden will definitely be a big improver. He's always had a high Test ranking and his one-day ranking will improve given his magnificent performances in the West Indies. The guys who are playing both forms of the game will have the highest ranking," White said.

Cricket Australia (CA) also confirmed that Hayden is likely to emerge as a big gainer in the contractual shake-up after the retirements of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Damien Martyn and Justin Langer.