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Shane Watson

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Australia A, Canterbury, Hampshire, Bangalore, Rajasthan, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, St Lucia Stars, Islamabad United
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | AllRounder
Home country:
June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland


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.

Fast Facts

  • Has the highest individual score while chasing in ODIs
  • Picked Australia’s “Player of the Year” in 2008
  • Named Test Player as well as ODI Player of the Year in 2011
  • Won the Allan Border medal in 2010 and 2011
  • First Australian to win the World T20 Player of the Tournament
  • First player to win the Indian T20 League Player of the Tournament twice



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 59 109 3731 3 35.19 52.59 4 24 176
ODI 190 169 5757 27 40.54 90.44 9 33 185*
T20 58 56 1462 6 29.24 145.32 1 10 124*
IPL 102 98 2622 14 31.21 138.65 2 14 104*
CLT20 14 13 281 1 23.41 120.60 0 0 47
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 59 93 5495 2526 75 6/33 / 33.68 2.75 1 3 0 30
ODI 190 163 6466 5342 168 4/36 / 31.79 4.95 3 0 0 136
T20 58 49 930 1187 48 4/15 / 24.72 7.65 1 0 0 33
IPL 102 94 1861 2431 86 4/29 / 28.26 7.83 1 0 0 100
CLT20 14 9 186 247 11 2/25 / 22.45 7.96 0 0 0 10
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 45 0 0
ODI 64 0 8
T20 20 0 2
IPL 29 0 6
CLT20 2 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 1 0 1 0 0 0
ODI 9 5 3 1 0 55.56
T20 1 0 1 0 0 0
IPL 24 8 13 2 1 33.33


Australia Vs Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 02, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff - Jul 08, 2015
Australia Vs South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) - Mar 24, 2002
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Lord's, London - Sep 05, 2015
Australia Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Feb 24, 2006
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Mar 27, 2016
Rajasthan Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - May 14, 2017
New South Wales Vs Cape Cobras at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Sep 24, 2011
Last played:
Rajasthan Vs Mumbai at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 06, 2013