Hayden, Boon inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Former Test openers Matthew Hayden and David Boon have been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF).

The ACHoF made the announcement on Sunday, with the pair to be officially added at the Allan Border Medal ceremony on Monday.

Hayden - who hit a famous 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003 - enjoyed an illustrious career for Australia atop the batting order, scoring 40 international centuries and almost 15,000 runs across Test and one-day international cricket.

He is fifth in the list of all-time Australia Test run scorers and his 30 tons in the unlimited overs format of the game is only bettered by former captains Ricky Ponting (41) and Steve Waugh (32).

Boon recorded 26 hundreds, 21 of those coming in Tests as he amassed more than 12,000 runs at international level.

"David Boon and Matthew Hayden are among a select group of just 12 players to have appeared in 100 Test matches but their significance goes way beyond that simple statistic," said ACHoF chairman Peter King.

"David Boon was a key figure in the rise of the Australia side under Allan Border that went from easy-beats to winners of the ICC Cricket World Cup in India and Pakistan in 1987 and then the best Test side in the world.

"He was player of the match in the 1987 World Cup final against England and was a reassuring presence either as opener or number three with more than 13,000 international runs across more than a decade at the highest level.

"He played a crucial role in putting Tasmania cricket on the map and did much the same for English county side Durham, where he ended his career in 1999 with a tally of more than 23,000 first-class runs, plus more than 10,000 runs in List A cricket.

"He epitomises the tough-as-teak Australian cricketer and his induction into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is thoroughly merited."

King added: "Matthew Hayden featured prominently in the Australia squads that went unbeaten to win successive ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2007 and his role as an intimidating opening batsman and outstanding slip fielder mark him out as one of the greatest players this country has ever produced.

"Matthew's record in both Tests and One-Day Internationals stands comparison with anyone in history and it is a pleasure to see him join such august company in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame."

Women' all-rounder Betty Wilson, who passed away in 2010, has also been inducted after scoring 862 runs and taking 68 wickets.

Wilson became the first cricketer - male or female - to score a century and claim 10 wickets in a test in 1958.

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