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Shane Watson
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Personal information
Full name Shane Robert Watson
Born 17 June 1981 (1981-06-17) (age 36)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Nickname Watto
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm fast medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 391) 2 January 2005 v Pakistan
Last Test 5–9 December 2013 v England
ODI debut (cap 148) 24 March 2002 v South Africa
Last ODI 30 October 2013 v india
ODI shirt no. 33
T20I debut (cap 19) 24 February 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 31 August 2013 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2004 Tasmania
2004–2009 Queensland
2005 Hampshire
2008– Rajasthan Royals
2009– New South Wales
2011–2012 Sydney Sixers
2012– Brisbane Heat
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 48 171 121 239
Runs scored 3,077 5,256 8,556 7,165
Batting average 35.36 41.71 43.43 39.15
100s/50s 3/21 9/30 19/48 11/41
Top score 176 185* 203* 185*
Balls bowled 4,485 6,000 10,896 7,940
Wickets 65 162 199 207
Bowling average 31.52 30.01 28.62 31.80
5 wickets in innings 3 0 7 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 6/33 4/36 7/69 4/36
Catches/stumpings 31/– 59/– 93/– 78/–
Source: Cricinfo, 9 December 2013

Shane Robert Watson (born 17 June 1981) is an Australian cricketer. 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. While he has become a regular member of the one-day squad, Watson has played few Test Matches for Australia, having debuted against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2005. Despite being allocated to be Australia's designated Test all-rounder, injuries have often prevented him from claiming his position in the Test team. However, from the second half of 2009, Watson acted as Australian Test opening batsman, along with Simon Katich.

Watson was awarded the 2010 Allan Border Medal and again in 2011, becoming the second player (after Ricky Ponting) to win back-to back Allan Border Medals. Watson's wife Lee, whom he married on 3 June 2010, is a Fox Sports Australia presenter.

He was declared man of the series in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 for scoring a total of 249 with an average of 49.80, while taking 11 wickets with the ball. He has also been voted the man of the tournament in the IPL a record two times.

According to Forbes, Watson is the highest paid cricketer outside of India, earning over US$5.9 million in 2012.

Before the 3rd Test against India in March 2013, Australia dropped Watson, along with James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for failing to do their homework. Michael Clarke, the captain, revealed that the extreme step had been taken as a result of repeated infractions which led to Watson flying back home and contemplating Test retirement. Shane Watson's excuse for failing to complete his homework was that his wife was pregnant. Former players reacted with astonishment at the harsh decision taken by the team management.


Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (54.96) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (45.12) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (41.71) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh Nasir Hossain (42.88)
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52.43) • Virat Kohli (51.77) • Shikhar Dhawan (46.08) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (45.13) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (54.85) • AB de Villiers (48.50) • Jacques Kallis (45.26) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)

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