Shane Watson      

Full name Shane Robert Watson

Born June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland

Current age 39 years 160 days

Major teams Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Australian Cricket Academy, Brisbane Heat, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, Cricket Australia XI, Deccan Gladiators, Dhaka Dynamites, Gilchrist XI, Hampshire, Islamabad United, New South Wales, Prime Minister's XI, Queensland, Queensland Colts, Queensland Colts, Queensland Under-19s, Quetta Gladiators, Rajasthan Royals, Rangpur Rangers, Redlands, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sindhis, St Lucia Zouks, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Tasmania

Nickname Watto

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 1.83 m

Shane Robert Watson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 59 109 3 3731 176 35.19 7094 52.59 4 24 483 31 45 0
ODIs 190 169 27 5757 185* 40.54 6365 90.44 9 33 570 131 64 0
T20Is 58 56 6 1462 124* 29.24 1006 145.32 1 10 115 83 20 0
First-class 137 241 19 9451 203* 42.57 20 54 109 0
List A 265 241 36 7915 185* 38.60 9187 86.15 11 46 88 0
T20s 343 335 34 8821 124* 29.30 6378 138.30 6 53 786 467 101 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 59 93 5495 2526 75 6/33 6/51 33.68 2.75 73.2 1 3 0
ODIs 190 163 6466 5342 168 4/36 4/36 31.79 4.95 38.4 3 0 0
T20Is 58 49 930 1187 48 4/15 4/15 24.72 7.65 19.3 1 0 0
First-class 137 12164 6294 210 7/69 29.97 3.10 57.9 7 1
List A 265 8406 7063 213 4/36 4/36 33.15 5.04 39.4 3 0 0
T20s 343 231 4429 5838 216 4/15 4/15 27.02 7.90 20.5 3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 2-5, 2005 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Cardiff, Jul 8-11, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut South Africa v Australia at Centurion, Mar 24, 2002 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Lord's, Sep 5, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 24, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I India v Australia at Mohali, Mar 27, 2016 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 2000/01
Last First-class Northamptonshire v Australians at Northampton, Aug 14-16, 2015 scorecard
List A debut 2000/01
Last List A New South Wales v Victoria at Sydney, Oct 18, 2015 scorecard
T20s debut Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard
Last T20s Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Dubai (DSC), Oct 29, 2020 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
14 Super Kings v KKR Dubai (DSC) 29 Oct 2020 T20
8 Super Kings v Royals Abu Dhabi 19 Oct 2020 T20
36 Super Kings v Capitals Sharjah 17 Oct 2020 T20
42 Super Kings v Sunrisers Dubai (DSC) 13 Oct 2020 T20
14 Super Kings v RCB Dubai (DSC) 10 Oct 2020 T20
50 Super Kings v KKR Abu Dhabi 7 Oct 2020 T20
83* Super Kings v Kings XI Dubai (DSC) 4 Oct 2020 T20
1 Super Kings v Sunrisers Dubai (DSC) 2 Oct 2020 T20
14 Super Kings v Capitals Dubai (DSC) 25 Sep 2020 T20
33 Super Kings v Royals Sharjah 22 Sep 2020 T20
Profile

To conquer international cricket, Shane Watson first had to beat his fragile body. Despite boasting an athletic figure made for photo shoots, Watson's frame was so brittle it threatened to break him. He refused to give up. Not through recurrences of back stress fractures, hamstring strains, calf problems, hip complaints, a dislocated shoulder or a suspected heart attack that turned out to be food poisoning. He changed his training, preferring pilates to weights, gave up alcohol, but not his dream. It finally paid off in 2009, when he was chosen as a Test opener in the middle of the Ashes series. Many batsmen would have been uncomfortable with the promotion from the middle order, especially after failing when given the job with Queensland, but Watson had become used to re-inventing himself. With a history of setbacks, it was not a surprise that his first Test century became such a drama, but after two scores in the 90s and an 89, he finally brought it up at the MCG against Pakistan - thanks to a single from a dropped catch. He had earned some luck. A productive few years as a Test opener led to back-to-back Allan Border Medals but by 2011-12, injury had again interceded. He returned to the Test team in 2012 but spent the rest of his career floating up and down the order in search of a place to call his own.

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Timeline
    • 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
      One-day entrance
      • 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."
    • 2003-04 season
      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.
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Oct 29, 2020

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shane Watson at an interview, Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2020, Dubai, October 29, 2020

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shane Watson at an interview

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Oct 29, 2020

It doesn't take much for Shane Watson to bring out his pull shot, Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2020, Dubai, October 29, 2020

It doesn't take much for Shane Watson to bring out his pull shot

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Oct 19, 2020

Kartik Tyagi reacts after dismissing Shane Watson, Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2020, Abu Dhabi, October 19, 2020

Kartik Tyagi reacts after dismissing Shane Watson

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Notes

Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year - 2002

Australian One-Day International Player of the Year - 2010,2011, 2012

Australian Test Player of the Year - 2011

Allan Border Medal - 2010,2011

Australian Twenty20 International Player of the Year - 2012, 2013