Shane Watson has announced his retirement from international cricket, 14 years to the day after he first played for Australia. Watson had retired from Test cricket at the end of last year's Ashes tour of England, and he has not played ODIs since September last year; he will now officially depart from Australia's international setup at the end of the ongoing World Twenty20 in India.
Watson's retirement is effectively the final cutting of ties to Australia's dominant era of the early 2000s; he was the last remaining player turning out regularly in any format for Australia who had debuted before 2007, the year of the Warne-McGrath retirements. Watson has also confirmed that he is retiring from first-class cricket, having not played since the Ashes tour.
T20 had yet to be invented when Watson made his international debut in an ODI against South Africa in Centurion on March 24, 2002. He was 20 at the time. Now, on the eve of a crucial World T20 match against Pakistan, at the age of 34 and as a father of two children, Watson has decided that the time has come to move on to another stage of his life.