On 22 May 2015, Sydney Thunder added one of the world’s best all-rounders to its squad, signing Shane Watson for three seasons.
Watson joined Thunder after playing with the Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat, and brought with him an impressive T20 record which saw him ranked as the fourth best T20 all-rounder in the world at the time.
In his four seasons at the club, Watson amassed 1,014 runs at an average of 26.68 and a strike rate of 133.94. He also claimed 19 wickets, with best figures of 3/13.
Cementing himself as one of the Thunder Nation’s most popular players, Watson also helped Thunder win its first ever BBL title in 2016.
Upon his retirement from the BBL in 2019, Thunder Head Coach Shane Bond paid tribute to Watson on a career that was as impactful off-field, as on-field.
“He was great to work with, he’s the ultimate professional. He cared about the team and the players and was hugely respected in the dressing room. We’re really going to miss what he brings to the team and he will be a big loss,” said Bond.
“For the young players at the club he was very approachable, honest and you couldn’t ask for a better role model.”
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