2000: March 31 - After three years outside the Australia Test team he is reselected to play New Zealand in Hamilton. It would be just his eighth Test, all in the southern hemisphere, since making his debut six years earlier.
2001: March - Scores his first Test double century (203) against India in Chennai. The innings is the highlight of a record-breaking series with the bat during which Hayden scored an Australia best 549 runs in a three-Test series.
April 3 - Scores his first ODI century (111) against India in Visakhapatnam.
December - Breaks Bob Simpson's Australia record for most Test runs in a calendar year (1391 runs).
2002: February - Wins Allan Border Medal, the highest individual award in Australian cricket.
2003: January - Ranked as the number one batsmen in both forms of the game in the official International Cricket Council listings.
March 23 - Wins the World Cup for the first time as Australia beat India by 125 runs in the final in Johannesburg.
April - Named the 2003 Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
October - Scores a then-record 380 in a single Test innings against Zimbabwe in Perth.
2004: Named in the ICC World XI Test Team of the Year.
2005: November - Becomes just the third player in Test history to score four Test centuries in consecutive matches twice.
December - Becomes the first player to surpass 1,000 Test runs in five consecutive years.
2006: Named in the ICC World XI test Team of the Year for the second time.
2007: February 20 - Scores an Australia ODI record 181 not out from 166 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton. The innings includes 11 fours and 10 sixes, but Australia still lose by one wicket.
April 28 - Wins the World Cup for the second time as Australia defeat Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in Bridgetown. Hayden scored a tournament best 659 runs at an average of 73.22.
Named the ICC ODI Player of the Year as well as earning selection to the World XI Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
2008: January - Scores the 30th century of his Test career against India in Adelaide to move him in to third place, above Sir Donald Bradman, in Australia's list of century makers.
February 26 - Named Australia's ODI Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal awards.
November 28 - Makes his 100th Test appearance in the second Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
December - His place in the Australia Test team is the subject of much debate as he struggles for form in the home series against New Zealand and South Africa.
2009: January 7 - Hayden is left out of the Australia squad for the one-day series against South Africa after his struggles continued in the third and final Test.
January 13 - Hayden announces his retirement from all cricket at a press conference in Brisbane.