Written by Staff Writer
24 Mar, 2016 | 4:02 pm
Shane Watson said he woke up one morning in Dharamsala, India, looked at the Himalayan view, and decided it was time to pull the pin on his international representative career.
His wife, Lee Furlong, and his young children, Matilda and Will, were with him for the announcement in Mohali and he said his decision to retire from the Australian one-day and T20 teams was due, in part, to the punishing international schedule. He retired from Test cricket last year.
While many believe Watson failed to live up to his potential in test cricket, he has been one of the greatest white-ball players Australia has produced. He will continue to play in the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash and other premier leagues, and will be a key player for Australia against Pakistan and India in Mohali this week.
Speaking in Mohali, he took a mild swipe at the previous Australian coach, Mickey Arthur, saying that things had changed for the better under Darren Lehmann. He also praised the new captain, Steve Smith, but refused to be drawn on the previous captain, Michael Clarke, with whom it has been reported he had a frosty relationship.
“I think it’s a combination of everything,” he said when asked why he had been enjoying his cricket and doing well. “There’s no doubt when Darren took over from Mickey we certainly got back to playing the Australian way.” Watson nominated the 5-0 Ashes win in 2013-14 and last year’s World Cup in Australia as his two career highlights.
* 3731 runs at 35.19 & 75 wickets at 33.68 in Tests
* 5757 runs at 40.54 & 168 wickets at 31.79 in ODIs
* 1400 runs at 28.00 & 46 wickets at 24.71 in T20Is
* Australia’s 44th Test captain
* Two Allan Border medals
* Part of squads that won the ODI World Cup in 2007 and 2015
* Part of squads at all six World Twenty20s and was named player of the tournament in 2012
* Twice named player of the series in the Indian Premier League
* Most sixes in T20 international cricket by an Australian (80), trails only Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum overall
* Received 17 one-day man-of-the-match awards, including four man-of-the-series awards.
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