Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.
After having an indifferent Ashes series where he was dropped on the last for four Ashes Test matches, Shane Watson has decided to hang his boots.
Shane Watson, in his up and down Test career has scored 3731 runs in 59 Test matches he played averaging 35.19.
With the ball, Shane Watson has taken 75 wickets in 59 Test appearances claiming 3 five-wicket hauls.
“I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what is right for myself, my family and most importantly the team as well,” Watson said.
“Over the last couple of days there was a lot of clarity (for me) of what the right decision was. I just know that I’ve given everything I possibly can to get the best out of myself.
“I just know it’s the right time to move on. I don’t have that real fight in me, especially for Test cricket, knowing the lengths physically that I’d have to go through, mentally and technically as well, to be at my best in Test cricket, so I just know it’s the right time.”
The allrounder leaves Test cricket as a 2013-14 Ashes winner, 2011 Test player of the year and two-time Allan Border Medal winner.
Watson had a poor Ashes playing just one Test match at Cardiff and was axed for the remaining Test matches due to poor form.
“I am not exactly sure at the moment what my immediate future holds,” Watson said following that first Test axing.“After the first Test, I was very disappointed to miss out but in the end I only have myself to blame.
“I have been very lucky and fortunate through my career to have plenty of opportunities and I just didn’t score enough runs, it’s as simple as that.
“In the (preceding two-Test series against the) West Indies and the first (Ashes) Test as well.
“I am just disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to perform well enough to be a part of such an exciting Ashes series.
“I’ll just have to see what happens in the future.”
Here is the official tweet from Cricket Australia:
BREAKING: Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Test cricket effective immediately