Thursday 20 February 2020

Shane Watson Profile


Full name Shane Watson

Born October 18, 1981, Wondai, Queensland

Current age 29 years 94 days

Nickname Ritzy

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 1.82 m

Shane Watson Picture

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Queensland

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.

Fast Facts

* He has captained the Queensland Under-14 and Australia Under-19 sides.
* He took 5 wickets in his debut Test.
* He was the highest wicket-taker for Australia (18) in their three test series against Pakistan in 2009-10.
* By the time he had played 15 test matches, his career average was nearly 4 wickets per test.

Shane Watson Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.

Shane Watson Career





Shane Watson Test Matches

Australia Vs India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) – Nov 03, 2004
Last played:
Australia Vs India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – Karnataka – Oct 09, 2010

Shane Watson ODI Matches

Australia Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Mar 22, 2002
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney – Nov 05, 2010

Shane Watson T20 Matches

Australia Vs Pakistan at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai – May 07, 2009
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Old Trafford, Manchester – Aug 30, 2009

Shane Watson IPL Matches

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – Karnataka – Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) – Apr 29, 2008

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