Shane Watson

  • IPL 7: Peaking Chennai will test Rajasthan's resolve 23-04-2014 12:18 AM

    Dubai: Chennai Super Kings are back on solid ground in IPL 7 having overcome an upset defeat to Kings XI Punjab with a record-setting victory over Delhi Daredevils, which makes them firm favourites against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. The 93-run win against Delhi was the biggest ever for Chennai in...
  • IPL 7: We could have done nothing to stop Maxwell, says Watson 21-04-2014 09:07 AM

    Glenn Maxwell's blistering 89-run knock set up Kings XI Punjab's incredible victory and Rajasthan Royals' skipper Shane Watson hailed his Australian team-mate by saying that it was an exceptional innings and their bowlers could have done nothing to stop the onslaught. "Maxwell batted beautifully and we expected him to mis-hit...
  • As it happened: IPL 7, Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 18-04-2014 07:20 PM

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Rahane (59) and Binny (48*) added crucial 77 runs that rescued Rajasthan from a shaky start to chase down Hyderabad's 133 in Match 4 of IPL 7. Pre-match: Rajasthan Royals fought both on and off the field last year,...
  • IPL 7: Controversy-ridden Rajasthan open campaign against Hyderabad 17-04-2014 06:25 PM

    Rajasthan Royals fought both on and off the field last year, but the team would not like to think about its controversial past and focus on cricket alone in the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, which the Rahul Dravid-mentored franchise will begin against a strong Sunrisers Hyderabad outfit...
  • India will have a tough time touring Australia: Shane Watson 16-04-2014 03:37 PM

    Mumbai: Australia were blanked 0-4 by India in their away tour last year, but their allrounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said that his side would be hard to beat when the same opponents tour Down Under for a four-match Test series later this year. Watson's optimism stems from the fact...
  • Shane Watson upbeat about Rajasthan Royals' chances in IPL 7 15-04-2014 08:43 PM

    Mumbai: Having been part of Rajasthan Royals' campaign in all six previous editions, including the triumphant one in the inaugural year 2008, star Australia all-rounder Shane Watson feels the Jaipur franchise has its strongest-ever team in the Indian Premier League this season. "I've got no prediction, apart from (that) we're...
  • Rajasthan Royals won't miss Rahul Dravid, says Sanju Samson 10-04-2014 08:42 AM

    Sanju Viswanath Samson is not like another teenager. At 19, he has emerged as one of the most sought-after young talents in India's cricket circles, and during his stint with the Rajasthan Royals, Samson has looked ever so ready to don the India jersey. The gutsy right-hander earned laurels from...
  • Would have been a huge shame had Royals not played IPL: Shane Watson 31-03-2014 07:45 PM

    Mirpur: Rajasthan Royals have had a controversial tenure in their six seasons in the Indian Premier League but their new captain Shane Watson feels it would have been a "shame" if the champions of the inaugural year were barred from playing in the seventh edition of the cash-rich tournament. "Personally...
  • As it happened: Australia vs West Indies, WT20, Match 23 28-03-2014 02:22 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Sammy came on to score 34* in 13 balls, including two sixes in the final over, to help West Indies edge Australia by 6 wickets at Mirpur. TOSS: Australia won the toss and opted to bat against West Indies....
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Australia, World Twenty20 23-03-2014 01:50 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Toss and team news: Australia have opted to bowl. Pakistan have dropped Junaid Khan. Mohammed Hafeez and his boys would like to quickly forget the humiliating defeat against arch-rivals India on Friday and pose a serious challenge for a...
  • Pietersen needs Lehmann-like guidance that Aussies got: Watson 18-03-2014 03:44 PM

    Mirpur: Star all-rounder Shane Watson is sad that Kevin Pietersen is not playing international cricket anymore and wants someone like Australian coach Darren Lehmann to guide the maverick England batsman. Pietersen's career was cut short after the England and Wales Cricket Board decided to drop him from the team for...
  • Australia beat South Africa by 4 wickets to clinch T20 series 2-0 15-03-2014 01:47 AM

    Centurion: Australia outlined their World Twenty20 credentials as they chased down South Africa's target in just 15 overs to win the third and final T20 international by six wickets at Centurion on Friday. Where South Africa had made the pitch appear stodgy and batting seem difficult, Australia proved conditions were...
  • 2014 World Twenty20: Top five allrounders to watch out for 14-03-2014 01:48 PM

    The fifth edition of cricket's World Twenty20, featuring 16 teams, will start in Bangladesh on Sunday. Following is a factbox on the allrounders to watch out for during the tournament. Shahid Afridi, Pakistan An aura of unpredictability always hangs around Shahid Afridi when he takes the cricket field. His swashbuckling...
  • Australia primed for maiden World Twenty20 title: Shane Watson 12-03-2014 12:48 PM

    Australia are primed to break their World Twenty20 duck having picked their strongest ever squad for the tournament in Bangladesh, according to all-rounder Shane Watson. The 32-year-old has been part of Australia's four unsuccessful attempts to win the only major trophy eluding them and was adjudged player of the tournament...
  • Warne congratulates Waston on being chosen Rajasthan Royals captain 11-03-2014 07:30 PM

    New Delhi: Spin legend and former Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne congratulated compatriot Shane Watson on being chosen as the skipper of the IPL side in the upcoming seventh edition of the cash-rich league. The 32-year-old all-rounder Watson was yesterday named Rajasthan Royals captain in place of the retired Rahul...
  • Shane Watson to lead Rajasthan Royals in IPL 7, Dravid to be mentor 10-03-2014 03:14 PM

    Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals on Monday announced Shane Watson as the captain for the seventh edition of Indian Premier League. Watson has been with the Royals since the inaugural season in 2008 and contributed to the team at all levels. Rahul Dravid, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2013,...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 01-03-2014 01:43 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The tourists blazed their way to...
  • Shane Watson declared fit for decisive third Test against South Africa 27-02-2014 11:36 PM

    Cape Town: Australia are expected to recall allrounder Shane Watson for the third Test against South Africa as they attempt to bounce back from their first defeat in six Test outings and clinch a series win over the world's top-ranked side. The tourists were made to pay for going into...
  • South Africa fired up to end Australia jinx 24-02-2014 06:52 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa's dramatic 231-run victory over Australia in the second Test set up an enticing decider at Newlands which could see the hosts seal a first home series win over the tourists in 44 years. After their humiliating 281-run defeat in the first Test, the Proteas were written...
  • Watson set to miss out on Test if he can't bowl: Clarke 19-02-2014 10:24 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Captain Michael Clarke has indicated that Shane Watson will not return to the Australia side as a specialist batsman for the second Test against South Africa at St George's Park on Thursday. Allrounder Watson missed Australia's 281-run victory in the first Test with a calf problem, and the...
  • Watson's selection no longer elementary for Australia 19-02-2014 09:31 AM

    The perennial fitness battles of Shane Watson are likely to rule the allrounder out of Australia's second Test against South Africa. Selectors are unlikely to be crying. Watson's unique ability to hog the spotlight whether playing or languishing injured on the sidelines may be unmatched in Test cricket, but another...
  • Australia to decide on return to Test side of Shane Watson 17-02-2014 07:54 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Australia face a selection quandary with the return from injury of allrounder Shane Watson for the second Test against South Africa, which starts on Thursday. Watson exacerbated a calf injury on the eve of the first Test and watched from the stands as two players, selected since the...
  • Watson out of first Test, Marsh back in squad 08-02-2014 09:05 PM

    Johannesburg: Allrounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa starting on Wednesday after a slow recovery from a calf injury with Australia bringing Shaun Marsh back into their squad. Left-handed batsman Marsh, who was in the original squad named by Australia for the tour...
  • Australia rest stars for final ODIs against England 20-01-2014 10:19 AM

    Melbourne: With the one-day series already won, Australia announced that several stars will miss one or both of the remaining matches against England in Perth next Friday and Adelaide. Leading runmakers David Warner, Man-of-the-Match with 71 off 70 balls in Sunday night's emphatic victory, and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin will skip...
  • Australia to rest Shane Watson for next three ODIs against England 16-01-2014 09:11 AM

    Sydney: Allrounder Shane Watson will take a much-needed break from two upcoming one-day internationals against England, Cricket Australia said Thursday. The 32-year-old rediscovered his batting touch during the Ashes series and has been key to Australia's latest success. He is scheduled to play in Friday's second ODI in Brisbane but...
  • Rajasthan retain Watson, Rahane, Faulkner, Binny, Samson 10-01-2014 06:34 PM

    Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals on Friday retained Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson ahead of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction next month. The five players, retained on the day of the players' retention deadline, will continue to represent the team as it prepares for...
  • Watson lauds Lehmann for bringing back fun for Australia 06-01-2014 04:25 PM

    Sydney: Allrounder Shane Watson has credited coach Darren Lehmann for bringing the fun factor back to the Australian dressing room and allowing the team to enjoy playing cricket once more in the 5-0 Ashes series thrashing of England. Watson's credentials as a cricketer have never been in doubt but his...
  • Shane Watson feels vindicated by Ashes victory 06-01-2014 02:32 PM

    Sydney: Australia allrounder Shane Watson says the 5-0 Ashes clean sweep against England and the team's sharp improvement under coach Darren Lehmann had vindicated his own opposition to the methods of previous coach Mickey Arthur. Watson had well-publicized issues with Arthur and said on Monday that international cricket had become...
  • Shane Watson set to lead Rajasthan Royals 04-01-2014 08:33 AM

    Contrary to recent media reports, Australian allrounder Shane Watson is now all set to be retained by the Rajasthan Royals, who have also ear-marked a new profile for him. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Royals have got word from Watson about his desire to continue playing for them in...
  • Aussies check on Harris, Watson fitness for Sydney 29-12-2013 01:45 PM

    Melbourne: Skipper Michael Clarke says Ryan Harris and Shane Watson will play if they are fit and available as Australia pursue a 5-0 series whitewash against England in Sydney. Paceman Harris and allrounder Watson are in some doubt to play in this week's final Ashes Test after featuring in Australia's...