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Shane Watson retires from cricket in Australia

Shane Watson retires from cricket in Australia
Shane Watson retires from cricket in Australia
Shane Watson retires from cricket in Australia

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has congratulated Shane Watson on his dynamic career.

Watson, 37, will retire from the KFC Big Bash League to spend more time with his family over school holidays, calling time on his playing career in Australia.

Following his retirement from international cricket in 2016 the powerful allrounder continued as Sydney Thunder captain as well as playing a number of Twenty20 tournaments in various countries.

“Shane Watson was one of the most exciting short form players ever to grace a cricket field,” Mr Roberts said.

“Talented, skillful and powerful, Shane was a devastating batsman at his best.

“It was only a few months ago he scored a century from just 62 balls for the Thunder against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.

“In a career which spanned almost two decades Shane made a major contribution to Australian cricket firstly at international level and then in domestic cricket as a significant contributor to the Big Bash.

“His greatest quality was persistence, overcoming a number of sometimes serious injuries and curtailing his pace. He became a probing swing and seam bowler.

“Despite these injuries Shane played a remarkable amount of cricket, representing Australia in 307 matches across all formats and playing more than 700 matches of international and domestic cricket in total, scoring more than 25,000 runs and claiming over 600 wickets.

“He is also the only Sydney Thunder batsman to score more than a 1000 runs.

“He is Australia’s most successful Test and One-Day batting allrounder after Steve Waugh.

“No other Australians combined as many runs and wickets in either format.”

Shane Watson career highlights include:

    ·       Australia’s 44th Test captain

    ·       Two Allan Border Medals

    ·       Three World Cups, including tournament victories in 2007 and 2015

    ·       Six World T20s, including player of the tournament in 2012

    ·       17 one-day man of the match awards including four man of the series awards

    ·       Member of Sydney Thunder’s 2015/16 title-winning side

    ·       Only Thunder male player to score 1000 runs


BBL’s most successful allrounders

Name                      Matches        Runs             Wickets

Dan Christian          74                 1345               62

Marcus Stoinis        44                 1036               33

Shane Watson        41*                1031              19

*Includes a match with the Brisbane Heat


Most prolific Australian batting allrounders

Name                      Tests             Runs             Wickets

Steve Waugh          168                10,927           92

Shane Watson         59                 3731             75


Name                       ODIs             Runs             Wickets

Steve Waugh           325               7569              195

Shane Watson         190               5757              168 



Shane Watson career statistics                    

                  Matches        Runs    HS       Ave            Wkts      Ave      BB

Tests                   59        3731    176      35.19         75          33.68     6/33

ODIs                  190        5757    185*    40.54         168        31.79     4-36

T20Is                   56        1462    124*    29.24          48         24.72     4-15

First Class         137        9451    203*    42.57          210       29.97     7-69

List A (OD)        265        7915    185*    38.60          213       33.15     4-36

T20s+               310         8027    124*    29.84          216       27.02     4-15

*Denotes not out

+Matches to 25 April 2019

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