SHANE WATSON

  • 5th ODI: Faulkner hits Australia to victory against South Africa Yesterday

    Sydney: Australia survived a late batting collapse to return to the top of the world one-day international rankings with a two-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday in the final game of a five-match series. The victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground concluded a 4-1 series win for Australia ahead...
  • Shane Watson optimistic on Michael Clarke's fitness for India Tests 6 days ago

    Shane Watson would be honoured to stand in for Michael Clarke as Test skipper against India next month even if he thinks it's increasingly unlikely that Australia will need a caretaker captain. Australia are sweating on Clarke's hamstring injury ahead of an important three months of cricket on home soil, which...
  • 2nd T20: Australia thrash South Africa to level series November 7, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia's bowlers choked the run flow to restrict South Africa to 101 for 7 and Aaron Finch took care of the rest, carrying his bat in an unbeaten 44 to guide the hosts to a series-leveling seven-wicket win in the second Twenty20 on Friday. South Africa won the toss but...
  • Ready to bat in any position: Shane Watson November 3, 2014

    Sydney: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, poised to return to the national team after a prolonged injury layoff, said on Monday that he is willing to bat in any position to help his team bounce back from their poor performance against Pakistan in the ongoing Test series. Australia trail the two-match Test...
  • Brad Haddin out, Shane Watson back in Australia squad for SA October 29, 2014

    Brisbane: Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested and allrounder Shane Watson recalled from injury for Australia's squad to start a five-game limited-overs series against South Africa next month, a clash of the top two ODI teams ahead of the World Cup. Haddin, who is with the Australian squad preparing for...
  • Shane Watson fit ahead of long summer October 21, 2014

    Sydney: Australian allrounder Shane Watson said on Tuesday he was over the injury which has sidelined him for months and ready for a long summer schedule, beginning with a Twenty20 series against South Africa. The injury-prone star has not played since the Indian Premier League in May after sustaining a calf...
  • Shane Watson eyes coaching future October 19, 2014

    Sydney: Revealing his passion for coaching, ace Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Sunday said that contrasting experiences under two national coaches - Mickey Arthur and Darren Lehmann - will hold him in good stead for the role in the future. Watson, who is currently recovering from ankle and calf problems in...
  • India will face strong challenge in Australia: Shane Watson October 15, 2014

    Sydney: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said that his team, with the support of the favourable home conditions, will hope to make life difficult for the visiting Indian cricket team when the two sides meet in a four-Test series starting Dec 4. India will play the first Test starting Dec...
  • Fit-again Michael Clarke hopes Australia carry momentum October 15, 2014

    Sharjah: Fit-again Australian captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday that he hopes his team can carry the momentum of its Twenty20 and one-day wins over Pakistan into the two-match Test series starting next week. Australia routed Pakistan 3-0 in the one-day series which finished on Sunday and also won the...
  • Australia's Shane Watson begins comeback from long injury spell October 13, 2014

    Sydney: Injury-prone Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said on Monday he will make his return from injury in a Sydney club cricket match this weekend. Watson, 33, has not played since the Indian Premier League in May after being ruled out of Australia's tours of Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates...
  • Injured Shane Watson out of Pakistan Test series September 21, 2014

    Australia allrounder Shane Watson was on Sunday ruled out of next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury. The injuryprone Watson was recovering from an ankle he sprained in training which forced him out of last month's tri oneday series in Zimbabwe when...
  • As it happened: Zimbabwe vs Australia, TriSeries, 1st Match August 25, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss and team news: Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bowl at Harare Sports Club. George Bailey will lead Australia as an injured Michael Clarke sits out. While Zimbabwe have gone in with three changes. Teams: Zimbabwe: Tino Mawoyo, Sikandar Raza,...
  • Australia arrive for first Zimbabwe tour in 10 years August 22, 2014

    Harare: The Australia cricket team arrived for its first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade on Thursday, promising to play hard and shrugging off questions over the trip. Australia avoided playing in the troubled southern African country for 10 years from 2004 because of the rule of longtime president Robert Mugabe...
  • Shane Watson out of Zimbabwe tour, replaced by Phil Hughes August 16, 2014

    Cricket Australia says allrounder Shane Watson sprained his right ankle after stepping on a ball in training on Saturday and will be replaced by toporder batsman Phil Hughes on the team's limitedovers tour of Zimbabwe. Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Watson damaged an ankle ligament that ruled him out of the...
  • As it happened: Mumbai vs Rajasthan, IPL 7, Match 56 May 25, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Prematch: Mumbai Indians, who are still in with a chance to make it to the playoffs, will take on Rajasthan Royals in the final league game of IPL 7 on Sunday. But if Rajasthan win, they will quietly move...
  • IPL 7: Mumbai, Rajasthan battle for fourth playoff spot May 25, 2014

    Titleholders Mumbai Indians, who are still in with a chance to make it to the playoffs, will take on Rajasthan Royals in the final league game of IPL 7 on Sunday. But if Rajasthan win, they will quietly move into the topfour, putting MI out of the tournament. Rajasthan are the...
  • As it happened: Punjab vs Rajasthan, IPL7, Match 52 May 23, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Punjab, who lost to Mumbai Indians in their previous encounter, are currently on top of the table with 18 points from 12 outings. On the other hand, Rajasthan have 14 points from 12 matches and were pushed to the fourth...
  • As it happened: Mumbai vs Delhi, IPL 7, Match 51 May 23, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Keeping themselves technically alive for the playoffs after a superb victory against tabletoppers Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians will take on the struggling Delhi Daredevils in another mustwin encounter on Friday. Mumbai, playing without their key bowlers Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan...
  • IPL 7: Rajasthan need to beat Punjab to make it to the playoffs May 23, 2014

    As the scramble for the top four positions has set off, Kings XI Punjab have not much to worry about as they have already made it through the playoffs but will be hoping to consolidate their position on the top when on Friday they meet the Rajasthan Royals who need...
  • IPL7 Scenarios: Rajasthan, Kolkata favourites to reach playoffs May 21, 2014

    The league phase of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League is almost over but teams are still vying for the last two spots for the knockouts that will lead them into the tournament's finals. At present, only the Kings XI Punjab and the Chennai Super Kings have qualified...
  • As it happened: Rajasthan vs Mumbai, IPL 7, Match 44 May 19, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Mumbai bowlers never allowed Rajasthan to get going in chase of 179, and MI eventually won the match relatively easily by 25 runs. Prematch: With Mumbai Indians' title defence all but over, the defending champions would like to upset Rajasthan Royals'...
  • IPL 7: Mumbai look to upset Rajasthan's playoff equation May 19, 2014

    With Mumbai Indians' title defence all but over, the defending champions would like to upset Rajasthan Royals' playoff calculations as the hosts look to strengthen their position in the top four when the two teams clash in Ahmedabad on Monday. Mumbai this year have hardly played like the titleholders and...
  • As it happened: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL7, Match 41 May 15, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Prematch: An outofsorts Delhi Daredevils will be playing for pride when they take on Rajasthan Royals, who will look to consolidate their topfour spot in the points table on Thursday. Delhi are staring down the barrel after losing all five matches...
  • IPL 7: Beleaguered Delhi look to redeem pride against Rajasthan May 15, 2014

    An outofsorts Delhi Daredevils will be playing for pride when they take on Rajasthan Royals, who will look to consolidate their topfour spot in the points table on Thursday. Delhi are staring down the barrel after losing all five matches since the tournament returned to India and now they can only...
  • IPL 7: Chennai go top with a nervy 5wicket win over Rajasthan May 13, 2014

    MS Dhoni's streetsmart cricket once again came to Chennai Super Kings' rescue as the CSK skipper kept his cool to take Chennai home in a lastover finish, chasing Rajasthan Royals' modest 148 in Ranchi on Tuesday. The win also took Chennai top of the table, displacing Kings XI Punjab, with...
  • As it happened: Chennai vs Rajasthan, IPL 7, Match 37 May 13, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Prematch: Chennai Super Kings will have their sights set on the No. 1 position on the IPL7 points table but getting there won't be easy as in their way will be the dogged Rajasthan Royals. Chennai and Kings XI Punjab are...
  • IPL 7: Chennai target top spot by beating Rajasthan May 13, 2014

    Chennai Super Kings will have their sights set on the No. 1 position on the IPL7 points table but getting there won't be easy as in their way will be the dogged Rajasthan Royals. Chennai and Kings XI Punjab are currently level on points (14) after playing nine games each,...
  • I have evolved as a cricketer because of Dravid: Shane Watson May 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson said having former India skipper Rahul Dravid as team mentor has helped him develop as a cricketer quickly. "To have Rahul as a mentor is unbelievable. My development is certainly continuing to evolve very quickly because of having him there. For me personally, I am...