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Hussey and Hayden among new Hon. Life Members

Hayden (left) and Hussey are now Honorary Life Members of MCC
Hayden (left) and Hussey are now Honorary Life Members of MCC

Australia legends Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey are among the latest former players to have accepted Honorary Life Membership of MCC.

Hayden is one of the most prolific opening batsmen in the history of the game, scoring 30 Test centuries in his 103 appearances, while forming a formidable partnership with Justin Langer.

A brutal striker of the ball, he briefly held the record for the highest Test score of all time after hammering 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth in 2003. He retired from the international game in 2009 and last played in 2012 for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

Hussey had to wait for his breakthrough at Test level, but once it came, in 2005, he was prolific, scoring 19 centuries and more than 6,000 runs in just 79 appearances before retiring in 2013.

His love of the game and dedication throughout his career led to the left-hander being nicknamed Mr Cricket, and he remains active in t20 cricket.

Ashes and ICC World Cup winners Hayden and Hussey are the latest members of the all-conquering Australia teams of the 2000s to have joined the Club.

They join the likes of former captain Steve Waugh, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath in accepting Honorary Life Membership, which is offered to players, officials and others who have made a significant contribution to cricket - on-and-off the field.

Among others to have also accepted in recent months are former Middlesex and England batsman Mark Ramprakash, Australia fast bowler Brett Lee and West Indian all-time great Brian Lara.

Three new women players are also now Honorary Life Members of the Club, including Australia's ICC World Cup winners Lisa Sthalekar and Shelly Nitschke. England and Middlesex batter Beth Morgan, who retired earlier this year, completes up the trio.

Former MCC staff member Alan Pryer completes the list of recent Honorary Life Members of the Club.

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