Shane Watson is an Australian all-rounder who but for a series of serious injuries, would have represented his country far more times than he has already. A very capable right-hand batsman and a genuinely quick bowler, on his best form he is worth his place in any side.
He played a key role in Australia’s World Cup success in 2007, often coming in down the order and picking up key wickets although after the retirement of Matthew Hayden, he was asked to open the innings, something which he continues to do, when fit, with great success, scoring a maiden international century in the Caribbean against the West Indies in 2008.
He made his Test debut in January 2005 against Pakistan but went three years between his third and fourth Test appearances after severe back and hamstring injuries left him on the sidelines. He was all set to play in the 2006/7 Ashes series but another injury gave Andrew Symonds his chance. In Symonds’ absence, he toured India in 2008 before succumbing to injury once again.
He had a wonderful year in 2009, where he was pressed into service as an emergency Test opener during the Ashes and although Australia lost the series 2-1, Watson finished the year in style by scoring centuries in consecutive matches in the Champions Trophy to guide Australia to victories over England and New Zealand to win the tournament.
He finally reached his first Test century when he scored an unbeaten 120 against Pakistan in Melbourne and in five Tests against Pakistan and the West Indies, he scored 609 runs in six Tests.
He plays for Queensland, for whom he hit a double-century in the 2005/6 Pura Cup final having hit 203 not out for Hampshire against Warwickshire in 2005.
Shane Watson uses the Flare DXM for Test Match Cricket and Halo DXM for ODI Cricket.