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Shane Watson to retire after World T20 2016

Australian allrounder has been a mainstay of his team in the shortest format, with his performance in the 2012 world tournament especially memorable

24 March 2016 16:54

Shane Watson, the Australia allrounder, announced on Thursday (March 24) that he would bring his 14-year international cricket career to a close with the ICC World Twenty20 2016.

“One morning I woke up in Dharamsala to the beautiful view and I don’t know what it was exactly but I knew now was the right time,” Watson announced his decision to a group of journalists. “I have really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad, but it is quite different, none of the other guys I played with growing up are here any more. I have made the right decision. I couldn’t really see the light with all the injuries I had.”

Watson has scored 34 runs at an exciting strike-rate of 125.92 in the tournament so far and has picked up three wickets at an impressive economy of 6.62 in his side's two games.

The Queensland-born 34-year-old has been one of Australia’s mainstays since making his debut for the One-Day International side in 2002. Since then he has managed 190 ODI games with 5757 runs at 40.54 and 168 wickets at 31.79.

He also became a force to reckon with in the shortest format, scoring 1400 runs for Australia in 56 games, and picking up 46 wickets. The ICC World T20 2012, where he had a tremendous run with both bat and ball, was especially memorable for him. He finished on top of the scoring list with 249 runs from six matches at an average of 49.80 and a strike-rate of 150. His shrewd medium pace was effective on slow surfaces in Sri Lanka as he bagged 11 scalps, four behind Ajantha Mendis, the leading wicket-taker in that edition.

Less than two months ago, captaining the Australia side, he smashed an unbeaten 71-ball 124 in a T20I against India, for his highest score in the format.

Watson, however, wasn’t able to rake in those number in Tests. Owing to a number of niggles that held him back throughout his career, Watson was unable to hold his own in the longest format and announced his retirement last year. In 59 Tests, he made 3731 runs at an average of 35.19 and bagged 75 wickets.

But with the coloured jersey on, he was the man Australia banked on.