Shane Watson retires as top-ranked T20I all-rounder

Shane Watson
Shane Watson bows out from interational cricket as the leading all-rounder as per the latest ICC rankings
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Australian Shane Watson's last game of international cricket saw his side exit the ICC World T20 but ended up with him leading the ICC player rankings for all-rounders in Twenty20 International cricket.

In addition to being the world's leading all-rounder, Watson finished his career placed in 10th on the batting list and 29th in the bowler's list, which are led by India's Virat Kohli and West Indian Samuel Badree respectively.

Watson announced his decision to retire from international cricket last week, hoping that he could sign off with a WT20 title to add to his two Champions Trophy (2006, 2009) and two World Cup (2007, 2015) successes.

It wasn't to be, but in terms of personal performances, he leads Shakib Al Hasan by 27 points, with Shahid Afridi in third place in the rankings.

Kohli has replaced Australia's Aaron Finch at the top of the batting rankings, with his unbeaten 82 against Australia guiding his side into the semi-finals, where they will play West Indies.

That sets up a clash between number one batsman Kohli and number one bowler Badree, who replaces India's Ravichandran Ashwin at the top.

Ashwin has dropped down to third place with Imran Tahir into second.

Other big movers in the latest rankings include England's Joe Root, who is up 38 places to 11th in the batting rankings, James Faulkner, rising 28 places to eighth in the bowling rankings and Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has jumped 68 places to 11th overall.

His compatriot Mohammad Nabi is up 11 in ninth equal alongside Mitchell McClenaghan of New Zealand.

In terms of the teams, the four making it through to the semi-finals are all in the top five, with India leading the way but now just five points ahead of New Zealand, who have moved from fourth to second during the tournament.

Top 10 batsmen: 1. Virat Kohli (India), 2. Aaron Finch (Australia), 3. Martin Guptill (New Zealand), 4. Faf du Plessis (South Africa), 5. Alex Hales (England), 6. Chris Gayle (West Indies), 7. Kane Williamson (NZ), 8. Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe), 9. Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan), 10. Shane Watson (Aus)

Top 10 bowlers: 1. Samuel Badree (WI), 2. Imran Tahir (SA), 3. Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind), 4. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), 5. Kyle Abbott (SA), 6. Adam Milne (NZ), 7. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), 8. James Faulkner (Aus), 9= Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ)

Top 10 all-rounders: 1. Shane Watson (Aus), 2. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), 3. Shahid Afridi (Pak), 4. Glenn Maxwell (Aus), 5. Marlon Samuels (WI), 6. Mohammad Nabi (Afg), 7. Yuvraj Singh (Ind), 8. Mohammad Hafeez (Pak), 9. Dwayne Bravo (WI), 10. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Team rankings: 1. India, 2. New Zealand, 3. West Indies, 4. South Africa, 5. England, 6. Australia, 7. Pakistan, 8. Sri Lanka, 9. Afghanistan, 10. Bangladesh, 11. Scotland, 12. Netherlands, 13. Zimbabwe, 14. Hong Kong, 15. UAE, 16. Ireland, 17. Oman

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