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Cricket Australia congratulates Shane Watson

March 24, 2016

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has congratulated Shane Watson for his contribution to the game during his playing career.

Mr Sutherland praised Watson, 34, for his dedication and commitment to Australian cricket after the all-rounder announced the current ICC World T20 in India would be the end of his 14-year international career.

The big-hitting all-rounder will continue to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments including in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder.

Throughout his career, he achieved the remarkable feat of becoming Australia’s most successful Test and one-day batting all-rounder after Steve Waugh.

No other Australians combined as many runs and wickets in either format.

Shane Watson career highlights include:

  • Australia’s 44th Test captain;
  • Two Allan Border Medals;
  • Three World Cups, including tournament victories in 2007 and 2015;
  • All six World T20s, including player of the tournament in 2012; and
  • 17 one-day man of the match awards including four man of the series awards.

“Shane should be proud of his contribution to Australian cricket,” Mr Sutherland said.

“At his best, he was a devastating batsman and skilful swing and seam bowler who thrilled crowds the world over. And to his enormous credit he is the only Australian batsman to have scored centuries in all three forms of the game.

“As a senior member of the team he always showed his leadership capabilities by guiding and encouraging younger players.  He is also one of a very select group to lead our country in Test cricket.

“To be bracketed with Steve Waugh as Australia’s most prolific batting all-rounder in Test and one-day cricket is a very significant statement about his international career.

“He also goes into the history books having won two Allan Border Medals as the country’s cricketer of the year.

“I am sure Australian cricket fans join us in wishing him well in his retirement from international cricket and look forward to him continuing to play in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder.”

Most prolific Australian batting all-rounders


Name                         Tests               Runs              Wickets

Steve Waugh             168                 10,927               92

Shane Watson             59                    3731               75


Name                         ODIs               Runs               Wickets

Steve Waugh              325                 7569               195

Shane Watson           190                  5757               168 


Shane Watson career statistics                        

Matches  Runs   HS      Ave                 Wkts       Ave       BB

Tests                        59        3731   176     35.19                75        33.68   6-33

ODIs                       168       5757   185*    40.54              168       31.79   4-36

T20Is+                       56       1400   124*    28.00              46        24.71   4-15

First Class               137      9451   203*    42.57             210        29.97   7-69

*Denotes not out

+Matches to 24 March 2016