Ultimate XI T20 Opener/Impact Player: Shane Watson

By July 31, 2020
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Shane Watson’s ability with bat and ball was never more on show than at the 2012 T20 World Cup when he bested all and sundry to earn the player of the tournament title. A hard-hitting batsman with a frame not dissimilar to that of his predecessor, Matthew Hayden, Watson is the kind of all-action player the T20 game strives on. A beast in the field, a smart swing bowler, and a more than competent opening batsman means with Watson, a team can find three players in one. So influential has Watson been on the T20 game that he was considered one of the IPL’s all-time greatest-ever players. He also twice won the Australian Twenty20 International Player of the Year award.

Career Statistics (2004-present)

Full name: Shane Robert Watson

Born: June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland (39)

Major teams: Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, Cricket Australia XI, Deccan Gladiators, Dhaka Dynamites, Gilchrist XI, Hampshire, Islamabad United, New South Wales, Prime Minister's XI, Queensland, Queensland Colts, Queensland Under-19s, Quetta Gladiators, Rajasthan Royals, Rangpur Rangers, Redlands, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sindhis, St Lucia Zouks, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Tasmania


Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium


T20I Career (Batting)

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS      Ave      BF         SR         100   50     4s     6s    

58       56       6      1462     124*  29.24     1006     145.32     1      10    115    83        

T20I Career (Bowling)

Mat   Inns   Balls    Runs   Wkts    BBI    BBM     Ave       Econ      SR     4w    5w    10w

58        49    930       1187     48      4/15    4/15     24.72      7.65     19.3     1       0         0

T20 Career (Batting)

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs   HS     Ave      BF      SR         100    50      4s     6s    

332     324    33     8522    124*   29.28    6131   138.99      6      51    753    454        

T20 Career (Bowling)

Mat   Inns   Balls      Runs    Wkts    BBI    BBM    Ave    Econ    SR      4w    5w   10w

332    231     4429      5838      216     4/15    4/15    27.02   7.90    20.5     3       0      0




Career Highlights

  • 2012 T20 WC player of the tournament
  • 4th most T20I caps for Australia (58)
  • 1464 T20I runs at 29.24
  • Most T20 WC runs by an Australian (537)
  • 8522 T20 runs at 29.28 (10th most all-time)
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