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Happy Birthday Shane Watson: 5 best innings of the former Australian all-rounder

Manish Pathak
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3.22K   //    17 Jun 2016, 17:29 IST

Talent alone is not enough to taste success at the International level. Who better to know this than Shane Roger Watson, who had all the ingredients to be a superstar, but could never realise his potential. It was a career dotted with many inspirational moments and then replete with blurry phases. Steve Waugh stated that Watson was possibly the first genuine all-rounder for Australia since Keith Miller.

Watson bid adieu to all forms of International cricket at the end of the World T20 2016. As he turns 35 today, we take a look at 5 of his most prolific international innings. This is our way to wish Shane Watson a very Happy Birthday. 

#1 176 against England at the Oval 

Shane Watson 176
Shane Watson scored 176 against England at the Oval

Australia had already lost the Ashes as they came into the fifth and final Test Match at the Oval. Captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat. Shane Watson sauntered in at number 3 and soon was on in full aplomb.

The stroke play was gentle and yet for the English bowlers it was like a brutal assault. In what had been bleak summer for the Australian batsmen thus far, the innings of Shane Watson was by all means a bright spark, and without a doubt was the best innings played in the summer. Although the match ended in a draw, the innings of Shane Watson left its mark.

And he even had a successful DRS review!

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