Australian all rounder Shane Watson announced Thursday he would retire from international cricket after the ongoing World Twenty20 in India, bringing to an end a sterling career spanning 14 years. Watson, 34, shared his decision to call it quits with teammates in Mohali, where Australia take on Pakistan in a World T20 group match on Friday. Watson has struggled with injuries throughout his career but has still represented Australia in 59 tests, 190 one-day internationals and 56 T20 games.

In a statement released by Cricket Australia, Watson said:

“It’s been over the last week that it’s really become clear that now really is the right time to retire from all international cricket.”

“I’ve been playing with the thought for a few months now and I know now with the way the group is continuing to evolve, which is exciting to be able to see, with my young family as well, and seeing the potential of the international schedule is very hectic.”

“And I just know it’s the right time to be able to right now clear my mind knowing that I’ve made the decision and be absolutely ready to go for these next two very important games.”

Watson had retired from Test cricket at the end of last year Ashes tour of England and has not played one-day internationals since September. Watson, who is also retiring from first-class cricket, would however remain available for lucrative T20 leagues around the world. Watson scored 5,757 runs from 190 ODIs. He also took 168 ODI wickets and holds the Australian record for the highest ODI score, an unbeaten 185 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2011. Always a dangerous player in the shortest format, he has belted out 1,400 runs from 56 T20 internationals so far while taking 46 wickets.



Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that he will consider calling curtains on his international career after the World T20 in India while pointing out his desire to assume coaching role in future.