Picture of Shane Watson

Shane Watson

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Australia A, Hampshire, Rajasthan, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Sixers
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | AllRounder
ICC Rank:
Batting:
32
Bowling:
40
Batting:
13
Bowling:
49
Batting:
19
Bowling:
28
Home country:
Australia
Born:
June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland

Profile

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 may be, Watson is probably one of the most injury-prone cricketers going around but at the same time he has 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 the West Indies caused him to miss 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. In 2007, another injury blighted his progress and questions were raised about his ability to handle the workload expected of an all-rounder. The 2008 edition of the Indian T20 League proved to be a crucial turning point in his career. The able stewardship of Shane Warne brought the best out of him and he was instrumental in Rajasthan's win in the inaugural season. Since then, he has regularly featured in Australia's Test, ODI and T20I squads and has been a consistent performer. His much improved bowling has eased the pressure on the four frontline bowlers and he is also an added asset at the top of the order. Watson was named the deputy of Michael Clarke in Tests and ODIs, post the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, along with the vice-captaincy of the T20I team all of which he gave up after Australia's disastrous Test tour to India in 2013.The following year, he was signed by the Sydney Sixers ahead of the first-ever Big Bash League and the Champions League T20. Watson then moved from the Sydney franchise to represent Brisbane Heat from the 2012 season.

The 2014 season of the Indian T20 League saw Shane Watson retained by his franchise, Rajasthan. Later he was announced as the captain of the team as Rahul Dravid retired after the 2013 season. It was the best replacement, as Watson is an established player himself and one who enjoys leadership. Expectations are always from the crowd when the Aussie plays and he loves not to disappoint the fans.

One of his most memorable ODI innings would be an unbeaten 185* against Bangladesh in 2011, which included 15 fours and 15 sixes - a record of its own until Rohit Sharma of India hit 16 in 2013.


Fast Facts

  • Shane Watson was picked by the Australia Media Cricket Association as Australia’s “Player of the Year” in 2008.
  • He was named Test Player as well as One-day International Player of the Year in 2011.
     


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 52 97 3408 3 36.25 53.13 4 22 176
ODI 173 152 5256 24 41.06 90.20 9 30 185*
T20 45 43 1074 3 26.85 146.32 0 10 81
IPL 56 55 1788 9 38.86 145.01 1 11 101
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 52 79 4813 2205 69 6/33 / 31.95 2.74 1 3 0 28
ODI 173 149 6070 4933 163 4/36 / 30.26 4.87 3 0 0 128
T20 45 39 750 945 39 4/15 / 24.23 7.56 1 0 0 24
IPL 56 51 1061 1267 48 3/10 / 26.39 7.16 0 0 0 48
CLT20 14 9 186 247 11 2/25 / 22.45 7.96 0 0 0 10
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 35 0 0
ODI 60 0 8
T20 15 0 2
IPL 17 0 1
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
IPL 2 1 1 0 0 50

Career

Span:
Test:
2005-2014
 
ODI:
2002-2014
 
T20:
2006-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2011-2013
Test
Debut:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 02, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town - Mar 01, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Australia Vs South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) - Mar 24, 2002
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Jan 26, 2014
T20
Debut:
Australia Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Feb 24, 2006
Last played:
Australia Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 01, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Rajasthan Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Rajasthan Vs Hyderabad at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Apr 18, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
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
SEARCH PLAYERS: