'Injury-stricken' Watson named Australia's Twenty20 Player of Year

Sydney, Feb 5 (ANI): Injury-stricken Shane Watson was named Australia's Twenty20 Player of the Year for a second consecutive year at the Allan Border Medal for his man of the tournament performance at last year's World Cup.

For all the scrutiny the now specialist batsman has faced this summer due to his lingering injury problems it has been easy to forget how dominant he was for Australia with bat and ball in Sri Lanka until his team's semi-final exit, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Watson, who is ranked No. 4 in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) list of Twenty20 batsmen and top for all-rounders, made 249 runs at an average of 498 for the tournament, as well as 11 wickets at 16 with his fast bowling, it further reported.

For the voting period, which started just under a year ago, Watson scored 406 runs at an average of 40.6 and a strike-rate just under what he managed at the World Twenty20, the paper said.

The fact Watson missed the two recent Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka did not hurt his ability to defend his title, with runner-up David Warner's unbeaten 90 in the first match not enough to curtail Watson's comfortable buffer atop the votes tally. (ANI)

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