After Australia’s lose to England in the 2015 Ashes and a “minor right calf strain” Shane Watson calls it quits. An all-rounder on the Australia national cricket team starting in 2005, playing 59 Tests where he scored 3731 runs at 35.19 and taking 75 wickets at 33.68. His announcement to retire hinged on the injury keeping him from the remainder of the ODI series.
“I know it’s the right time to move on,” Watson said, “and still hopefully play the shorter formats of the game, one-dayers and T20s.”
From his first match against Pakistan in 2005 Watson was advised to step down as an all-rounder. Injuries related to bowling would slow his consistent skills over the years.
The faults in his career have not hurt his demeanor though: “The thing I’m most proud of is I’ve given everything I possibly can to get the best out of myself. I haven’t achieved certainly all the things I dreamed of achieving in Test cricket; average 50 with the bat and in the 20s with the ball. That’s obviously the dream as an all-rounder to achieve and obviously I didn’t get anywhere near that, but I do know I gave it everything I possibly can to be able to get the best out of myself. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Shane Watson’s run in Test cricket has not been exceptionally smooth, but receiving Allan Border Medals in 2010 and 2011, his remarkable match against South Africa in Cape Town (2011), and the Ashes series of 2013/14 in WACA easily solidify his status as an immensely credible cricketer. Arguments can be made that due to injuries he was never given the opportunity to reach his full potential, but with the shorter format options of one-dayers and T20s lying ahead of him, it is safe to say that Shane Watson still has plenty of time to impress.