Cape Town - Cricket Australia chief
executive James Sutherland has congratulated Shane Watson for his contribution
to the game during his playing career.
Sutherland praised Watson, 34, for his dedication and
commitment to Australian cricket after the all-rounder announced the current
ICC World Twenty20 in India would be the end of his 14-year international career.
The big-hitting all-rounder will continue to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments
including in the KFC Big Bash
League for the
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 Watson career highlights include:
· Australia’s 44th Test captain;
· Two Allan Border
Three Cricket World Cups, including tournament victories
in 2007 and 2015;
· All six World T20s, including player of the
tournament in 2012; and
· 17 one-day man of the match awards including
four man of the series awards.
“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.”