Australia captain Ricky Ponting hailed Matthew Hayden as his country's best ever opening batsman following his former teammate's decision to retire.
Hayden, 37, scored 8625 Test runs at an average of 50,73 and 6133 one-day international runs at 43,80.
"I don't think there is any doubt about that [Hayden being Australia's best opener]," said Ponting. "We'll miss him greatly.
"Look back through history and see if there's been a better opening batsman in the game, let alone Australia."
Ponting added that the Queensland left-hander, who played 103 Test matches and 161 one-dayers, would also be greatly missed off the pitch.
"His opening partnership with Justin Langer in Test cricket will always be remembered as something very special," said Ponting.
Meanwhile, Australia beat South Africa by six wickets in their second International Twenty20 Series match in Brisbane yesterday.
The Proteas won the toss and decided to bat. South Africa made 157 for 5 in their allotted 20. Australia scored 161 for 4 in 18,5 overs. - BBC