Born June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland
Current age 29 years 298 days
Major teams Australia, Hampshire, New South Wales, Queensland, Rajasthan Royals, Tasmania
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 1.83 m
Shane Watson Career statistics
|Test debut||Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 2-5, 2005 |
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 3-7, 2011|
|ODI debut||South Africa v Australia at Centurion, Mar 24, 2002 |
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v Australia at Dhaka, Apr 9, 2011|
|T20I debut||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 24, 2006 |
|Last T20I||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 14, 2011 |
|Last First-class||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 3-7, 2011|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Bangladesh v Australia at Dhaka, Apr 9, 2011|
|Twenty20 debut||Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford, Jul 2, 2004|
|Last Twenty20||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 14, 2011|
Shane Watson Profile
To conquer international cricket, Shane Watson first had to beat his fragile body. Despite boasting an athletic figure made for photo shoots, Watson's frame was so brittle it threatened to break him. He refused to give up. Not through recurrences of back stress fractures, hamstring strains, calf problems, hip complaints, a dislocated shoulder or a suspected heart attack that turned out to be food poisoning.
He changed his training, preferring pilates to weights, gave up alcohol, but not his dream. It finally paid off in 2009, when he was chosen as a Test opener in the middle of the Ashes series. Many batsmen would have been uncomfortable with the promotion from the middle order, especially after failing when given the job with Queensland, but Watson has been used to re-inventing himself. In his first eight Tests in the new role he scored seven fifties and a 120. With a history of setbacks, it was not a surprise that his first Test century became such a drama, but after two scores in the 90s and an 89, he finally brought it up at the MCG - thanks to a single from a dropped catch. He has earned some luck.
At the crease he is an aggressive brute with a broad chest, a right-handed disciple of Matthew Hayden, and someone who often doesn't need to follow-through to gain a boundary. However, his drives and pulls are delivered in a much smoother style than his former Queensland team-mate and his technique is worth copying.
As a bowler he is willing and speedy, but not quite as good as he thinks he is, and is prone to post-delivery exchanges. He picks up handy wickets and delivers useful overs in all forms, although he is a run-getter first and not someone who would usually be picked on bowling alone. After years of doubt he has developed into a very modern, complete and enviable package