Strong all-rounder Shane Watson retirement age from Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League on Friday, and will carry on participating in choose overseas tournaments. The 37-year-old, who stop worldwide cricket in 2016, stood down as Sydney Thunder’s captain and all-time best run-scorer to invest a long time with his family members.
“I need lots of awesome recollections that I will savour permanently with the 1 standout being our ( competition ) win in 2016,” he declared. “To my teammates, I have played with numerous fantastic persons and cricketers at the club and I honestly everybody the very best for the future seasons.”
Despite his age, Watson remains a force to be reckoned with. He smacked a centuries from simply 62 balls for the Thunder against the Brisbane Heat final season and hit 96 off 53 balls for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Top League this week.
Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts congratulated him on a “dynamic career”. “Shane Watson was one of the most exciting short-form players at any time to grace a cricket field,” he declared. “In a professional which spanned almost 2 decades Shane produced a major contribution to Australian cricket firstly at multinational stage and then in domestic cricket as an important contributor to the Big Bash.
“Talented, experienced and strong, Shane was a devastating batsman at his better.” Watson performed above 700 multinational and domestic matches totally, scoring over 25,000 runs and claiming in excess of 600 wickets. He is the only Sydney Thunder batsman to score above a 1,000 runs and head trainer Shane Bond named him “the ultimate professional”.
“He cared about the group and the players and was greatly loved in the dressing room. We’re really going to miss what he brings to the team and he will be a large decrease,” he declared.