"Attended the same school as Australia’s famed rugby league brothers Kevin, Kerrod and Steve Walters, former Wallabies vice-captain Berrick Barnes, tennis legend Roy Emerson and ex-Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott."
Last Name: Watson
Batting Style: Right Hand
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
Player Type: Allrounder
Date of Birth: 17 Jun, 1981
Test debut: 01 Feb, 2005
ODI debut: 24 Mar, 2002
T20 debut: 24 Feb, 2006
Since his international debut in an ODI against South Africa in 2002, Australian cricket fans have ridden the rollercoaster that is Shane Watson’s injury-filled career.
Despite appearing to have a strong physique, Watson’s body has failed him numerous times over his career. However continuous disappointment has not shaken his determination to be successful at cricket’s top level.
Watson made his Test debut in 2005 against Pakistan, batting at no.7 with a top score of 31, and taking the wicket of Younis Khan in a win for the Aussies. He has moved up and down the batting order in his Test career, even opening the batting in 2009 which triggered a memorable run of form for Watson. This included passing 50 eight times in as many innings, as well as his maiden Test century. Other highlights include a patient hundred on a dustbowl in Mohali in 2010, his almost flawless innings of 176 against at The Oval in 2013 and his run-a-ball century against England in Perth just a few months later.
There have been several stand-out moments in the coloured clothing as well, both for Australia and in the IPL, with the highlight of his ODI career coming when he smashed an unbeaten 185 from 96 balls against Bangladesh in 2011. His back-to-back Test five-wicket hauls against Pakistan in 2010 also proves that he can be much more than a change bowler when his fragile body allows.
Watson was a member of the winning ICC World Cup team in 2014-15, and has represented Australia at the ICC World T20. He is also a two-time Allan Border medalist.