Shane Robert Watson is an Australian professional cricketer, who plays for Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League. He plays as a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler. As a fielder, he fields predominantly at first slip.
He debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first One Day International against South Africa. While he had become a regular member of the one-day squad, Watson only reached his 50th Test Match for Australia in the fourth Ashes match in December 2013, having debuted against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2005. Despite being allocated to be Australia’s designated Test all-rounder, injuries had often prevented him from claiming his position in the Test team. However, from the second half of 2009, Watson acted as Australian Test opening batsman, along with Simon Katich, but since then, settled into the number three position until his retirement.
Watson was awarded the 2010 Allan Border Medal and again in 2011, becoming the second player (after Ricky Ponting) to win back-to back Allan Border Medals. He won a total of 6 awards in the Tests, ODI & T20I player of the year awards category, which is the most by any player. He is the only player to win “Player of the Year” award in all formats.