Shane Watson retires from BBL

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The former Australian cricketer, Shane Watson has decided to announce his retirement from the Big Bash League (BBL) to spend more time with his family. Watson, who was leading Sydney Thunder in the past three seasons, helped them to clinch the first and only title in the year of 2016.

He ended up his BBL career as Sydney Thunder’s all-time leading run-scorer with 1014 runs which includes a ton. Watson also bagged 19 wickets with the ball. He was the second leading run-scorer for Sydney Thunder with 344 runs.

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The right-handed batsman is arguably one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. He is currently in India, playing the ongoing cash-rich T20 league for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He had a poor start to the season as he scored just 147 runs from first ten games. But, he made a strong comeback during his thundering knock of 96 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Watson, who has announced his retirement from the international cricket and Big Bash League, will continue to play the overseas tournament.

“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has been involved with the Sydney Thunder over the last four seasons,” said Shane Watson.

“I have so many amazing memories that I will savour forever with the one standout being our win in 2016. I want to especially thank Nick Cummins, Paddy Upton, Lee Germon and Shane Bond who made my experience with the club so enjoyable. I will most definitely miss the support that the club gets from the Thunder Nation. Their unwavering support through the ups and downs inspires everyone and I will cherish that support deeply,” he added.

“Finally, to my teammates, I have played with so many great people and cricketers at the club and I sincerely wish everyone the absolute best for the upcoming seasons,” he concluded.

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