Shane Watson © Getty Images
Shane Watson © Getty Images

Shane Watson is set to retire from international cricket at the end of ICC World T20 2016, Cricket Australia broke the news on Thursday. Watson retired from Tests last year after being dropped after the first Ashes 2015 Test at Cardiff. He finished his career in the whites with 3,731 runs from 59 matches at an average of 35.19 with 24 half-centuries and four tons. Watson last played an One-Day International (ODI) last year against England. His poor touch with both bat and ball resulted in the board ignoring him for the India and New Zealand series. However he was surprised when he was recalled for the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India and World T20. From 190 ODIs, Watson has 5,757 runs with 9 tons and 33 fifties. While he has played 56 T20Is and has scored 1400 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs Australia, Match 26, Super 10 stage, ICC World T20 2016 at Mohali

Watson informed the Australian side and management on Thursday that it was the right time to walk away from his international career. According to cricket.com.au, he said, “It’s been over the last week that it’s really become clear that now really is the right time to retire from all international cricket. I’ve been playing with the thought for a few months now and I know now with the way the group is continuing to evolve, which is exciting to be able to see, with my young family as well, and seeing the potential of the international schedule is very hectic.”

“And I just know it’s the right time to be able to right now clear my mind knowing that I’ve made the decision and be absolutely ready to go for these next two very important games,” he added.

 

Australia have played two matches so far in the World T20, losing to New Zealand before registering a superb win against Bangladesh. Their next fixture which is easily a do or die situation for them is against Pakistan. Watson contributed a quick 15-ball 21 against Bangladesh during their chase of chase of 156. If Australia get knocked of the tournament, Australia’s match against India on Sunday will turn into Watson’s very last match in the yellow jersey for his country. READ: Pakistan vs Australia, T20 World Cup 2016 match at Mohali: Pakistan eye rare victory over misfiring Australians

Watson’s comeback game was the first T20I against India at Adelaide where he picked two wickets in his very first over which he had bowled after five months on the international level. Same series in the final match witnessed one of the best T20I innings from Watson after he remained unbeaten at 124 off 71 balls. Altho8gh Australia lost the series 0-3, it was an impressive effort from the veteran especially when Australia needed experienced guys in their side for the shortest format of the game keeping in mind the World T20.