Australia’s Shane Watson announced retirement from international cricket

Mar 25, 2016 09:28 IST

Australia’s Shane Watson on 24 March 2016 announced that he will retire from international cricket at the end of the 2016 World Twenty20 Tournament.

Watson retired from test cricket in September 2015 and since then he didn’t play any One Day Internationals also.

Highlights of Shane Watson’s cricket career

• Nicknamed Watto, he is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast medium bowler.

• He debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first One Day International against South Africa. He debuted in the test cricket on 2 January 2005 against Pakistan at Sydney, Australia.

• He batted in 109 innings of 59 test matches and scored 3731 runs of which 176 was his highest score. He also bowled in 93 innings of those matches and took 75 wickets.

• In ODIs, he scored 5718 runs from 190 matches with an average of 40.55. He also took 168 wickets with 31.79 average.

• In T20 Internationals, he played 52 matches so far and accumulated 1315. His highest score is 124 (not out).

• At his peak he reached No.1 on the ICC's T20 international batting rankings and spent two years as the No.1 all-rounder.

• In ODIs he reached No.1 as an all-rounder in 2011 and also was at the 3rd position as a batsman.

• He also holds the record of highest ODI batting average of all Australian opening batsmen who have scored over 1000 runs.

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