Matthew Hayden has emerged as one of the biggest winners from Cricket Australia's contract shake-up, with his base salary set to nearly double after his exceptional resurrection in the one-day team. The Sunday Mail reported that Hayden's 2006-07 contract was worth about $300,000 but his outstanding World Cup - he made 659 runs at 73.22 - would ensure that jumped to $550,000 next season.
When sponsorships, prizemoney, bonuses and tour fees are included his 2007-08 earnings could hit $1.5 million, the paper said. When last year's deals were negotiated, Hayden was not in the ODI team and was ranked 19th on CA's limited-overs list.
However, he re-established his place in the side for the CB Series, scoring five centuries since then, and is tipped to be among Australia's top five-ranked players in Test and ODI cricket for the coming season. The departures of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Damien Martyn have also bolstered Hayden's seniority within the 25-man squad named last week.
Chris White, Hayden's manager, told the paper Hayden would undoubtedly be one of the major beneficiaries in the 2007-08 deals. "Given his performances at the World Cup I think it's fair to say Matthew will be duly rewarded," he said.
"There's no doubt Matt's now among the senior players in both forms of the game. You have [Ricky] Ponting, [Adam] Gilchrist and himself - they are the senior group who will lead the next charge."
"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."