Shane Watson is a professional Australian cricketer, who was born on June 17, 1981 in Ipswich, Queensland. Popularly known as “Watto” in the cricket world, he considers Terry Alderman, the former Australian cricketer, as his mentor and idolizes Steve Waugh, the Australian captain. Shane Watson is an all-rounder, who is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler.
Shane Watson made his Test debut for the Australian national team in January 2005 against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was a member of the Australian squad for the 2006-07 Ashes series against England.
Shane Watson made his first One Day International (ODI) appearance for the Australian national team against South Africa on March 24, 2002 and has been a regular player of the squad since then. He remains as a bright prospect for the Australian team and has been declared as the next genuine all-rounder by Steve Waugh. After recovering from an injury, he displayed his bowling skills during the 2004-05 season. In the next season, Shane Watson was a part of the Australian team that lifted the 2006 International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy for the first time defeating the West Indies. He made his presence felt during this campaign by performing impressively as an opening batsman and bowler. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup tournament, he made his mark by scoring 65 runs off 32 balls versus New Zealand. As of September 6, 2008 he has played in 72 ODI matches scoring 1263 runs at an excellent strike rate of 81.90 and has taken 70 wickets, his best being 4 for 39 runs.
Shane Watson made his international Twenty20 (T20I) debut for the Australian team against South Africa in Johannesburg on February 24, 2006.
Shane Watson kicked off his First-class cricket career by playing for Tasmanian Tigers and in 2001, he switched to his native team, the Queensland Bulls. He has also represented Hampshire in the English County Championship. He has secured 4377 runs and taken 112 wickets from 62 matches in First-class cricket as of March 9, 2008. Shane Watson made his domestic Twenty20 (T20) debut for Hampshire versus Essex on July 2, 2004 and has played thirty T20 matches scoring 766 runs.
Shane Watson was selected to be a part of the Rajasthan Royals team owned by Emerging Media for the inaugral season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. He was signed by the team for $125,000. During the 2008 IPL campaign, he scored 472 runs at a strike rate of 151.76 with his highest score being 76* versus Mohali. He also scalped 17 wickets with his best bowling performance being 3 for 10 against Delhi Daredevils. Shane Watson played a crucial role for the team by contributing four half centuries. His brilliant performances at the 2008 IPL, not only earned him four Man of the Match awards and the Man of the Series award, but also helped Rajasthan Royals win the tournament defeating Chennai Super Kings in the finals.
Shane Watson was the recipient of the 2002 Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award.