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Shane Watson
Shane Watson
QUICK FACTS
  • Nick Name: S.R.
    Batting Style: Right Handed
  • DOB: 17th Jun 1981
    Bowling Style: Right-arm fast medium
  • TEAM:
  • Australia, Canterbury, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, New South Wales, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Australians, St Lucia Stars, Islamabad United
CAREER STATS
BATTING & FIELDING
Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 59 109 3 3731 35.2 176 7094 52.59 4 24 483 31 45 0
ODIs 190 169 27 5757 40.54 185* 6365 90.45 9 33 570 131 64 0
T20is 58 56 6 1462 29.24 124* 1006 145.33 1 10 114 83 20 0
First Class 137 241 19 9451 42.57 203* 16666 56.71 20 54 1246 75 109 0
List A 265 241 36 7915 38.61 185* 9187 86.15 11 46 757 157 88 0
T20s 235 227 27 5704 28.52 124* 4125 138.28 3 33 496 290 68 0
BOWLING
Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 59 93 5495 241 2526 75 33.68 2.76 73.27 6/33 1 3 0
ODIs 190 163 6466 35 5342 168 31.8 4.96 38.49 4/36 3 0 0
T20is 58 49 930 2 1187 48 24.73 7.66 19.38 4/15 1 0 0
First Class 137 192 12164 478 6294 210 29.97 3.1 57.92 7/69 6 7 1
List A 265 213 8406 43 7063 213 33.16 5.04 39.46 4/36 3 0 0
T20s 235 200 3897 5 5054 194 26.05 7.78 20.09 4/15 3 0 0
PROFILE

In the eyes of the cricketing world, Shane Watson is the quintessential Australian. A striking physical specimen, he bats and bowls aggressively, sledges like a navvy and looks like he’s just stepped off a surfboard and into his whites. However, the modern incarnation of Australia’s premier allrounder is not as one-dimensional as often portrayed. Necessity has installed Watson at the top of his country’s batting order, injury has shaped his considered, wicket-to-wicket bowling style and maturity has elevated him to the vice-captaincy. Watson has arrived at the highpoint of his career the hard way. By the time he secured his place in Australia’s line-up, he was at his third state and fighting to overcome many and varied injuries. Despite making his first-class debut in 2001 and appearing in both one-day internationals and Tests before the end of 2005, it wasn’t until 2009 that he could claim to be a regular international cricketer. A training-regimen change proved the catalyst, and as stretching replaced sculpting, Watson’s abundant talent was afforded the physical security to flourish. The breakthrough arrived at Edgbaston in the 2009 Ashes when Watson, hitherto considered a middle-order dasher, was invited to open the batting. In his first match at the top of the card, he struck 50s in each innings and hasn’t looked back since. He responds to the force of the new ball in kind, asserting himself at the crease with savage square-drives and a forward defence as purposeful as any in the modern game. His conversion rate of fifties to hundreds restricts his average below 40, but he rarely fails, and he has a happy knack of contributing with the ball when he does. Watson is now a key component of a developing Australian side. He is Michael Clarke’s first lieutenant, his country’s batting enforcer and with the ball, its partnership-breaker. His versatility will doubtless bring with it role changes over the coming months as Australia’s new administration seeks to find a winning formula, but his involvement at the highest level, after years of toil, is now guaranteed.

  • Last Updated: 7th Mar 2016
  • Author: Jonathan Howcroft
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