Congratulations to Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer, Bradman Foundation Honourees 2018.
The two were inducted at the annual Bradman Foundation Gala Dinner held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) last week.
The cricketers received the awards from their former Australian test captain Ricky Ponting and Bradman Foundation patron and former Australian prime minister John Howard.
They also received cricket bats (one of several signed by Sir Donald Bradman prior to his death in 2001, for future honourees), and handpainted by renowned Australian portrait artist – and Southern Highlands local – Dave Thomas.
The honoured cricketers made up Australia’s most prolific opening test batting partnership (2001-07).
With on-field grit and mutual respect, their dynamic partnership delivered memorable success in cricket.
In honouring the duo, the Foundation seeks to acknowledge the critical importance of partnerships and teamwork required by any side to be consistently successful at test level.
Since Justin Langer’s retirement from Test cricket in 2007 and Matthew Hayden in 2009, both have continued in reinvesting their experience, time and energy back into current match, formats, game development, player and team performance.