Shane Robert Watson
(born 17 June 1981 in Ipswich, Queensland
) is an Australian cricketer
. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast medium bowler. He mainly bats as an opener in international cricket, although he does not do so domestically.
He debuted for the Australian cricket team
in 2002, playing his first One Day International against South Africa. While he has become a regular member of the one-day squad, Watson has played few Test Matches for Australia, having debuted against Pakistan
at the Sydney Cricket Ground
in January 2005. Despite being allocated to be Australia's designated Test all-rounder, injuries have often prevented him from claiming his position in the Test team. However, from the second half of 2009, Watson has acted as Australian Test opening batsman, along with Simon Katich
. Watson was awarded the 2010 Allan Border Medal
and again in 2011 thus joining him as the second player to win back-to back Allan Border Medals
since Ricky Ponting
in 2006 and 2007.
Watson's wife Lee, whom he married in June 2010, is a Fox Sports Australia
Watson started his first-class cricketing
career for Tasmanian Tigers
after leaving his home state of Queensland
, but returned to play for his native Queensland Bulls
as his international career was beginning. He has also played for Hampshire
in the English County Championship
. He regards Terry Alderman
as one of his mentors.