Shane Watson, Australia’s veteran all rounder, retired from test cricket on Sunday after sustaining a calf injury.
The 34-year old’s 10 year Test career came to an end at Australia’s One Day Internationals against England, where the Australians won by 64 runs.
“It’s been a decision that hasn’t come about lightly but I just know it’s the right time to be able to move on and still, hopefully, play the shorter formats of the game,” Watson explained, notes The Guardian.
“I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what the right thing is for myself, my family and most, importantly, the team as well.”
Here are 5 best moments of Watson’s career:
- The star cricketer has battled back problems, hamstring, calf and hip problems for a large part of his career but remained available to play for his country.
- Shane Watson hit four centuries and his highest score of 176 was against England in his match at the Oval Stadium back in 2013.
- Watson played 59 Test matches for Australia and scored 3,731 which included four Test centuries.
- In spite of not being physically fit most of the times, Watson, as a right arm fast-medium bowler, achieved 75 wickets at 33.
- He was declared man of the series in the 2012 ICC World Twenty for scoring a total of 249 with an average of 49.80, while taking 11 wickets with the ball. He is the only player to win four consecutive Player of the Match Awards in ICC event history.He has also been voted the man of the tournament in the IPL a record two times in 2008 and 2013
“I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what is right for myself, my family and most importantly the team as well,” Watson said, as reported by ABC Online.