T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Shane Watson - Watto

  • Date of Birth17/06/1981
  • Lives inSouthern Sydney
  • PositionAll-rounder
  • Weight93kg
  • Height183cm
  • Bat UsedGunn & Moore Flare
  • Bowling StyleRight Arm Fast Medium
  • Batting StyleRight Handed
  • StatusFit

The most destructive all-rounder in world cricket played just the one game with the Heat in BBL|02, but it caused plenty of excitement.

His appearance in the opening game of the season at the Gabba against the Hobart Hurricanes attracted enormous media attention in the lead-up, while on match day he was the first man to wear a camera in his helmet for the TV broadcaster.

It made for compelling viewing as Watto opened the innings and launched two big sixes before falling for 17 off 14 balls.

He also opened the bowling a took a tidy 0-17 off three overs, although the Heat were beaten in the dying stages.

Watto was rapt to sign a three-year-deal at the outset with the Heat, so Brisbane fans will hopefully get to see plenty more of him as time goes on.

Watto, who became the 44th man to captain Australia when Michael Clarke was injured in India in March 2013, did not play a game with inaugural KFC T20 BBL champions Sydney Sixers due to his international commitments.

However, he was a standout through the early stages of the Champions League in 2012 for the Sixers after being named player of the tournament in the World T20 with his power-hitting exploits for Australia.

Watto was the player of the tournament while representing the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural Indian Premier League season of 2008 and has smashed nine half-centuries in his 39 career games for them.

Married to former FoxSports presenter Lee Furlong and still based in Sydney either side of the BBL, Watto spent a great deal of his own time helping Ipswich flood victims in January of 2010.

He and Lee welcomed their first child, son Will, into the world in March 2013.

A big fan of rock music, particularly Guns ‘n’ Roses, he also loves all sport and lists Roger Federer as one of his heroes, while Matt Damon is his favourite movie star.

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