March 15, 2001
The journey begins
After leaving his home state of Queensland, Watson joins Tasmania to fast-track his first-class entry. Is rewarded with a century in his fifth game
, with 105 against South Australia.
March 24, 2002
A year later he is picked for Australia's one-day outfit, scoring 2 on debut and going wicketless in South Africa
. Is talent-spotted with the 2003 World Cup in mind, but ultimately misses out with stress fractures of the back. The same injury riddled his teenage years and flares again late in 2008. "He has all the attributes," notes Alan Davidson that year. "A fine physical specimen, good athlete; just give him time."
Runs pile up
Scores four hundreds from No. 4 for Tasmania, and smashes an unbeaten 300 in a club game for Lindisfarne. Then, irked by opposition attempts to thwart him reaching his triple, storms to 7 for 29 with the ball.
January 2-5, 2005
Picked for his first Test
, he lands face-down after his opening delivery before finding his feet with Younis Khan's wicket. Collects a nervous 31 batting at No.7.
November 4, 2005
Suffers a partial dislocation of his shoulder when fielding just minutes after his second Test wicket against West Indies. Leaves the Gabba
in severe pain and has to watch Andrew Symonds fill in during his rehabilitation.
March 24-28, 2006
Domestic bliss ... almost
After being picked for the one-day tour of South Africa, he misses a return to the Test squad. A fine 201 for Queensland in the Pura Cup final
demolition of Victoria eases one pain and creates another when he hurts his leg.
Locked into Australia's one-day team as an opener and lined up as the Test allrounder, he is floored again with a hamstring injury and misses the home Ashes series. Michael Clarke gets his spot and stars.
World Cup drama
Seals his place for the 2007 World Cup but is restricted by a calf problem this time. Still manages to clout 145 runs at a strike-rate of 170. He is dismissed only once in the tournament and his top score of 65
comes off 32 balls against New Zealand.
The bargain of the first Indian Premier League, Watson, who sold for US$125,000, is the Player of the Tournament with 472 runs and 17 wickets. The haul helps prove to the national selectors he has recovered from yet another hamstring strain.
June 29, 2008
Instead of holidaying in the Maldives, he jets to the West Indies as Matthew Hayden's replacement. He appears in all five one-day matches, scoring his first international century
and collecting at least a wicket per game.
Receives praise for his performances in India after he scored 170 runs, including 78 in Mohali
, and takes 10 wickets in his first full Test series. Plays a home game in Brisbane before being dropped. During his time with the squad another back stress fracture forms.
Having proved his fitness as a specialist batsman in ODIs against Pakistan, he is picked for the Ashes tour. Vacancies appear unlikely until he is catapulted into the team as an opener for the third Test
and registers half-centuries in his first three innings.
October 5, 2009
Opens in the final of the Champions Trophy with an unbeaten 105 to set up Australia's six-wicket win
over New Zealand. Finishes the tournament with back-to-back hundreds.
December 29, 2009
After a series of near-misses, he finally brings up his first Test century at the MCG
thanks to a dropped catch on 99. By the end of the season he is one of Australia's most important players.
A hit with the ball
After taking 5 for 40
in the first innings against Pakistan to get a spot on the honour boards at Lord's, Watson followed with career-best figures of 6 for 33
in the next game in Leeds.
January 16, 2011
Master of the chase
Putting behind the disappointment of losing the Ashes, Watson spanks an unbeaten 161
off only 150 balls in the first ODI against England, as Australia chase down a stiff target of 295. At the time, it's the fourth-highest ODI score in a run-chase.
April 11, 2011
It's raining sixes
Coming off another disappointment - a quarter-final exit at the World Cup - Watson bludgeons Bangladesh's bowlers to the tune of 15 sixes, a record in an ODI innings, and goes on to make a stunning 185 not out
off a mere 96 balls as Australia reach their target of 230 with 24 overs to spare. It becomes the highest second-innings score in ODIs, and the fastest 150-plus innings at the time.