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Australian government appoints Matthew Hayden as trade envoy to India
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Australian government appoints Matthew Hayden as trade envoy to India

Former opening batsman Matthew Hayden has landed an important role with the Australian government after being appointed as a trade envoy for advancing business ties with India.

Hayden is part of the three new appointments to the Australia-India Council alongside politician Lisa Singh and former Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu.

The council plays a crucial role in shaping Australia's foreign and economic policy interests with India in a positive light.

Hayden is one of Australia's most decorated cricketers as the 48-year-old finished his international career with a gargantuan tally of 15,066 runs across all three formats.

Harbouring a reputation of being a clean striker of the cricket ball, Hayden amassed an astonishing 30 Test tons and 10 centuries in ODIs.

The 48-year-old also played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League was a member of their title-winning side in the 2010 season.

Post-retirement, Hayden has served as a board member in the Institute for Australia India Engagement and has additionally worked with Cricket Australia in trying to lift the profile of cricket among the indigenous population. Hayden was made Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for his sporting excellence.