Shane Watson to retire at end of World T20


WEB DESK: Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has called it quit after a distinguished international career, he had retired from Test cricket at the end of last year’s Ashes tour of England, and he has not played ODIs since September last year, Aaj News reported. 

Watson informed his teammates on Thursday in Mohali that his 14-year career was coming to an end, saying now is the “right time” to walk away from the international arena, according to ESPN Cricinfo

“It’s been over the last week that it’s really become clear that now really is the right time to retire from all international cricket,” Watson said.

“I’ve been playing with the thought for a few months now and I know now with the way the group is continuing to evolve, which is exciting to be able to see, with my young family as well, and seeing the potential of the international schedule is very hectic.

 

“And I just know it’s the right time to be able to right now clear my mind knowing that I’ve made the decision and be absolutely ready to go for these next two very important games.”

Watson’s retirement is effectively the final cutting of ties to Australia’s dominant era of the early 2000s; he was the last remaining player turning out regularly in any format for Australia who had debuted before 2007, the year of the Warne-McGrath retirements He made his international debut in an ODI against South Africa in Centurion on March 24, 2002 at the age of 20.  

Watson is one of only seven men in history to have achieved the double of 10000 runs and 250 wickets in international cricket across all three formats; the others are Steve Waugh, Carl Hooper, Sanath Jayasuirya, Jacques Kallis, Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle.

Source: ESPN Cricinfo