Australia Profiles > Shane Watson
- Date of Birth: 17.06.1981
- Domestic Team: Rajasthan Royals
- Bats: Right-hand
- Bowls: Right arm fast medium
From a regular in the treatment room to a recognised Test opener - Shane Watson is now finally fulfilling his potential for Australia.
The all-rounder made his international debut back in 2002 but his progress was hampered by a catalogue of injuries. Every time he got into the team some part of his body would break down.
It was hard to understand just why Watson was so fragile considering he had impressive physique more akin to an Australian Rules player.
His size and power made him a dangerous batsman, particularly in limited overs action when he was first promoted further up the order. In Test cricket he appeared to be the perfect option for Australia to bat at six.
However once he finally managed to stay healthy, thanks to a change in diet and his workout regime, Watson was given the chance to open in Test cricket.
Thrust into the role midway through the last Ashes series in place of the struggling Phil Hughes, he quickly established himself as the man to partner Simon Katich at the top of the order.
A succession of half-centuries followed and it appeared a maiden Test ton would never come when he was run out in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan on 93.
He did reach the landmark in the second innings, however, though he needed a slice of fortune as he was dropped on 99. The error allowed him to sneak the single he needed to reach three figures.
Watson has a solid technique and is particularly strong driving down the ground and hitting square of the wicket off the back foot. A recent hundred in India proves he can cope against spin too.
While his batting has prospered his abilities with the ball have diminished, with issues with his back leading to a drop in pace and a re-modelled action.
International Career Stats:
|Career Span:||2005 - 2012|
|5 Wicket Innings:||3|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||6/33|
|Career Span:||2002 - 2012|
|5 Wicket Innings:||0|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||4/36|
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