Watson announces international retirement


Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has congratulated Shane Watson for his contribution to the game during his playing career, after the player announced his international retirement.

Sutherland praised Watson, 34, for his dedication and commitment to Australian cricket after the all-rounder announced the current World T20 in India would be the end of his 14-year international career.

The big-hitting all-rounder, who has already retired from Tests, will continue to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments including in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder.

Throughout his career, he achieved the remarkable feat of becoming Australia’s most successful Test and one-day batting all-rounder after Steve Waugh.

No other Australians combined as many runs and wickets in either format.

"Shane should be proud of his contribution to Australian cricket," Sutherland said.

"At his best, he was a devastating batsman and skilful swing and seam bowler who thrilled crowds the world over. And to his enormous credit he is the only Australian batsman to have scored centuries in all three forms of the game.

"As a senior member of the team he always showed his leadership capabilities by guiding and encouraging younger players.  He is also one of a very select group to lead our country in Test cricket.

"To be bracketed with Steve Waugh as Australia’s most prolific batting all-rounder in Test and one-day cricket is a very significant statement about his international career.

"He also goes into the history books having won two Allan Border Medals as the country’s cricketer of the year.

"I am sure Australian cricket fans join us in wishing him well in his retirement from international cricket and look forward to him continuing to play in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder."