Watson retires from all cricket

By ScoreLine Desk - November 3, 2020

Dubai: After 20 seasons and 745 matches across all formats, Shane Watson has announced his

retirement from professional cricket.

The 39-year-old confirmed his playing days are over in a short video from Dubai, where he has spent the past two months playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

“It all started out as a dream,” Watson said on his YouTube channel T20 Stars. “As a young kid saying to my mum as I watched a Test match as a five year old, ‘I want to play cricket for Australia’.

Watson leaves the game having played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20s for his country. He is a two-time Allan Border Medallist, a dual IPL MVP and former Australia captain in all formats.

Born in the south-east Queensland town of Ipswich, just an hour west of Brisbane, Watson made his international debuted a raw all-rounder in 2002 who could match it with the fastest bowlers in the country and had a batting technique straight from the coaching manual.

An electric start in one-day international cricket was curtailed by the first of a long list of injuries, ruling the youngster out of the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

He returned to be a staple in Australia’s limited-overs teams for the next dozen years, playing a supporting role in the 2007 World Cup win in the Caribbean before compiling back-to-back centuries in the 2009 Champions Trophy semi-final and final in South Africa.

By ScoreLine Desk

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