Full Name Shane Watson
Born June 17, 1981
Ipswich, Queensland
Age 36 Years, 5 Months, 7 Days
National Side Australia
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Right-arm fast medium
Teams Played Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Australia A, Canterbury, Hampshire, Bangalore, Jaipur, New South Wales, Australia, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, St Lucia Stars, Islamabad United
Man of the Match Test - 3, ODI - 17, World Cup - 2, T20I - 9, IPL - 10, CL - 0,
Career Span [Test, 2005 - 2015], [ODI, 2002 - 2015], [World Cup, 2007 - 2015], [T20I, 2006 - 2016], [IPL, 2008 - 2017], [CL, 2011 - 2013],

Shane Watson's well-built body, reminiscent of a wrestler or perhaps a boxer is just the tip of the iceberg when he meets one's eye on a cricket field. As intimidating as his presence or fitness maybe, Watson was probably one of the most injury-prone cricketers but at the same time he transpired into one of the leading all-rounders of his era.

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Shane Watson Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 59 109 3 3731 176 v ENG 4 24 483 31 35.19 52.59 45 0
ODI 190 169 27 5757 185* v BAN 9 33 570 131 40.54 90.44 64 0
World Cup 22 19 7 643 94 v CAN 0 6 67 17 53.58 108.06 6 0
T20I 58 56 6 1462 124* v IND 1 10 115 83 29.24 145.32 20 0
IPL 102 98 14 2622 104* v KOL 2 14 256 122 31.21 138.65 29 0
CL 14 13 1 281 47 v HL 0 0 27 12 23.41 120.60 2 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 93 915.5 240 2526 75 6/33 v PAK 2 3 33.68 2.75 73.26
ODI 163 1077.4 35 5342 168 4/36 v PAK 12 0 31.79 4.95 38.48
World Cup 20 109.3 3 566 9 1/9 v NZ 0 0 62.88 5.16 73.00
T20I 49 155 2 1187 48 4/15 v ENG 2 0 24.72 7.65 19.37
IPL 94 310.1 3 2431 86 4/29 v GL 7 0 28.26 7.83 21.63
CL 9 31 0 247 11 2/25 v HL 0 0 22.45 7.96 16.90

Shane Watson Profile

Shane Watson's well-built body, reminiscent of a wrestler or perhaps a boxer is just the tip of the iceberg when he meets one's eye on a cricket field. As intimidating as his presence or fitness maybe, Watson was probably one of the most injury-prone cricketers but at the same time he transpired into one of the leading all-rounders of his era.


Born in Queensland, 'Watto' first started playing for Tasmania at the age of 20. Topping the bowling charts in the Pura Cup and good middle-order performances led to his selection for Australia's tour of South Africa in early 2002. Though he did not live up to the expectations then, Ponting and the selectors opined that he was on a learning curve and it would only be a matter of time before he came good. He continued to be a regular member of the ODI team before injury caused him to miss the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. He made a comeback a year later and started playing as a bowling all-rounder. Watson made his Test debut against Pakistan in 2005, scoring 31 in the first innings and taking a wicket. A dislocated shoulder while fielding in a Test against West Indies resulted in him missing the remainder of the season.


Later, in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, Watson was given the chance to open the batting with Adam Gilchrist. The move paid rich dividends as he performed quite well with both bat and ball in the tournament, bagging the MOTM award in the finals which Australia won. In 2007, another injury blighted his progress and questions were raised about his ability to handle the workload expected from an all-rounder.


The 2008 edition of the Indian T20 League proved to be a turning point in his career. He was instrumental in Rajasthan's win in the inaugural season, being adjudged the Player of the Tournament. Since then, he regularly featured in Australia's Test, ODI and T20I squads and was a consistent performer. In 2013, when Clarke got injured, he became Australia's 44th captain in Tests but faced a humiliating defeat against India in Delhi. After the end of their disastrous Test tour to India in 2013, he gave up the vice-captaincy role. The following year, he was signed by the Sydney Sixers ahead of the first-ever Big Bash League and the Champions League T20.


Watson kept on delivering his art. One of his most memorable ODI innings came against Bangladesh in 2011, when he thrashed the opposition bowlers, scoring an unbeaten 185, which included 15 fours and 15 sixes - a record at that time. The 2014 season of the Indian T20 League saw Shane Watson not only retained by his franchise, Rajasthan but also made the captain as Rahul Dravid retired after the 2013 season. It was the best replacement, as Watson was an established player himself and the one who enjoyed leadership. He had a consistent season, which resulted in yet another Player of the Tournament award, thereby becoming the first player to win this twice in the Indian T20 League. In 2015 BBL, he helped the Sydney Thunder win the league under his guidance and in the following year was signed by Bangalore as Rajasthan faced a ban for two years.


Watson retired from the longest format of the game after Australia lost the 2015 Ashes and was ignored by the selectors in most of the ODIs on the same tour. He though continued to play in the T20 format and also led his country against India in January 2016 in the absence of Aaron Finch. There he scored an unbeaten 124 and received the MOTM award for it but in a losing cause. The same year in the World T20, he decided to hang up his boots from international cricket at the end of the campaign. His stint in the international arena was overshadowed by the brilliant Australian team of the early 2000s and his injuries. Yet, he came through and will be remembered as one of the finest all-rounders of the game, especially in the shorter formats.

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