Shane Watson announces retirement from international cricket

Shane Watson announces retirement from international cricket
Watson has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
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Australian allrounder Shane Watson has announced his decision to retire from international cricket.

Watson has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Watson spoke to his teammates in Mohali about this being the "right time" to walk away from his 14-year long prominent career.

"It's been over the last week that it's really become clear that now really is the right time to retire from all international cricket," Watson said.

"I've been playing with the thought for a few months now and I know now with the way the group is continuing to evolve, which is exciting to be able to see, with my young family as well, and seeing the potential of the international schedule is very hectic.

"And I just know it's the right time to be able to right now clear my mind knowing that I've made the decision and be absolutely ready to go for these next two very important games."

Watson spoke highly about his old and new teammates. He also expressed his good fortune to have had legendary Australian ex-captain Steve Waugh at the helm during his Test debut.

"I really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad but, it is quite different," he said.

"None of the other guys that I played with growing up are here anymore.

"I know how privileged I've been to be in the position to start out so young with so many incredible players.

"That's part of what I've always seen myself being the filter to pass on that knowledge to the guys that I'm involved with.

"I know how incredibly fortunate I've been...my first tour was with Steve Waugh as the captain of the Test squad.

"A lot of these guys have seen Steve Waugh play but never had the fortune to actually be able to play with him.

"That's just one guy, let alone all the other legends I was fortunate enough to play with and it feels like the right time to be able to let the younger group continue to grow and evolve like they have been."

The 34-year-old has hinted at a future in coaching after his participation in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League.

"It's no secret I do love coaching and that's one thing I will be doing in my time off," he said.

"There's a big break that I'll have after the Caribbean Premier League from August to nearly the start of the Big Bash that I'll definitely up-skill from a coaching perspective whether that's skill-wise with young players or outside the cricket aspect as well."

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