Hayward is a fast South African bowler who was thought to be Allan Donald's natural successor but has struggled to earn a regular place in the national side.
Made his South Africa debut in the second Test against England in Port Elizabeth in 1999-2000 and took four wickets in England’s first innings.
He was never consistently selected and even signed a contract with Worcestershire in 2003 which did not allow his release for international matches.
Hayward accepted the condition as he no longer saw himself as being chosen for the South African side, yet he reversed his decision in 2004 and was immediately selected for the tour of Sri Lanka but failed to make an impression in the two matches he played.
He played for Middlesex in 2004, but injury saw him sidelined for much of the 2005 season and he was only available for four first-class matches.
He signed for Ireland as an overseas player for their 2007 Friends Provident Trophy campaign and joined Hampshire as a Kolpak player in May 2008 for the remainder of the season.
Hayward returned to the UK in 2009 to play for Derbyshire from mid-June until the end of the campaign.
He took 11 wickets in 5 LV= County Championship outings.