Watson to retire from international cricket

Prominent Australia allrounder Shane Watson on Thursday announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of the ongoing World T20.

Prior to the Australian team’s practice session on the eve of its Group 2 match against Pakistan at the PCA Stadium here, 34-year-old Watson addressed his teammates on the ground and informed them about his decision.

However, the well-built cricketer, known for his aggressive batting and medium-pace bowling, will continue to play domestic Twenty20 leagues, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Watson, who made his ODI debut against South Africa in 2002 before earning his Test cap three years later, served Australia for 14 years. “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 was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

“I have 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.”

Watson, who played with Australian greats including Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, said, “I really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad but, it is quite different. None of the other guys that I played with growing up are here any more.

“I know how privileged I have been to be in the position to start out so young with so many incredible players. That’s part of what I have 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 have been… my first tour was with Steve Waugh as captain of the Test squad.”

Watson, who is known more for his feats in limited-over cricket, was part of the 2007 and 2015 World Cup-winning squads. He was chosen Australia’s finest cricketer in 2010 and 2011 and adjudged the 2012 World T20 Player-of-the-tournament.

Watson captained his country on the forgettable 2013 tour of India but fought back to be in the Australian side which routed England in 2013-14 Ashes series.

Watson stats

Tests: 59; Batting: Runs: 3,731, Average: 35.19, Highest score: 176, 100s: 4; Bowling: Wickets: 75, Average: 33.68, Best bowling: 6-33, 5-wkt hauls: 3.

ODIs: 190; Batting: Runs: 5,757, Average: 40.54, Highest score: 185*, 100s: 9; Bowling: Wickets: 168, Average: 31.79, Best bowling: 4-36.

T20Is: 56; Batting: Runs: 1,400, Average: 28.00, Highest score: 124*, 100s: 1; Bowling: Wickets: 46, Average: 24.71, Best bowling: 4-1.

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