Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Test cricket, effective immediately. The 34 year old Watson is hoping to play on for his country in the limited-overs game. Watson is retiring after 59 Tests, 3,731 runs at 35.19 and 75 wickets since his debut in 2005. A two-time Ashes winner, Watson was dropped after one Test of this summer’s series following a run of poor form that had seen him reach a half-century only 11 times in 62 innings since the start of 2011.
A powerful batsman who has operated in several positions in the batting order, Watson scored four Test centuries – including a top score of 176, which came against England at The Oval in 2013. Coach Darren Lehmann paid tribute to Watson’s work ethic and leadership, as the Australian Test team prepares to rebuild without experienced heads Watson, Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers.
Interesting Cricket Facts
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- Lala Amarnath is the only bowler to dismiss Don Bradman hit wicket in Test cricket
- India is the only country to win the 60-Over, 50-Over and 20-Over World Cup
- Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and he scored 8463 Test runs
- Wilfred Rhodes of England played Test cricket till he was 52!
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