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Shane Watson Retirement News : Australia all rounder Shane Watson has confirmed that he will retire from international cricket at the end of his side’s campaign in the ICC World T20 2016.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a mildly successful 14-year career at the highest level, including an Ashes win and two 50-over World Cup titles.
After a life spent immersed in the sport, Watson will have plenty of time on his hands to forge a new career away from cricket or to spend time in the commentary box like so many of his fellow former colleagues. Alternatively, he could make a move into coaching.
Other options open to sport stars of the past once they step away from the game include exploiting their own brand by opening up the world of merchandising.
Stars from American sports in particular have done this to great effect, with former NBA icons using their identity to create all sorts of services and products, ranging from fashion lines to online games.
The world of cricket may seem like a far cry from the world of online gaming, but games like Cricket Star already exist (if you need proof, visit this site to see exactly how cricket and games combine so effectively), so it could well be a viable option should he wish to explore those avenues.
All that said, the Australia all rounder has earned his time to relax following his excellent years of service to the Baggy Greens, as he was forced into the unenviable task of helping them rebuild following the retirements of several world-class players, including Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
Watson made his debut in 2002 for the Aussies in their one-day international series against South Africa and impressed enough to earn a regular place in the side.
However, injury forced him to miss the 2003 World Cup as he suffered a series of stress fractures in his back, which were to stall his career.
Watson was finally called into the Test side in 2005 against Pakistan but was dropped for the Ashes later in the year and he was forced to watch on as his team-mates surrendered the urn.
When his number was called on again in 2008, Shane Watson carved out a role as an opener for seven years, but struggled to impose himself in the Test arena, making four centuries with an average of 35.19.
The 34-year-old became notorious for using his side’s television reviews on lbw dismissals, which made him the subject of sledges from all of his opponents.
However, when he fired with the bat his strokeplay was a joy to behold and his two brilliant centuries against England and New Zealand guided the Baggy Greens to the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. He also played a role in his side’s World Cup wins in 2007 and 2011.
Watson may look back on his career with some regrets as he failed to live up to his full potential, although injuries played their part in limiting his impact.
This Australia all rounder will be remembered as a solid player who deserved to go out on a high note and enjoy his life away from the game he served well.