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Shane Watson’s top 3 performances in Test Cricket (Include batting and bowling)

Shane Watson's top 3 performances in Test Cricket (Include batting and bowling)

Australian star cricketer Shane Watson has been known as one of the most magnificent all-rounders in the history of international cricket, especially in Test cricket. The legendary cricketer guided his side to some of the most epic wins and defeated the opponents single-handedly.

He made his Test debut on June 2, 2005, against Pakistan and went on to play 59 Test matches while boasting 3731 runs to his name. In the same vein, here are his top 3 performances in Test cricket.

176(247) (1st Innings) vs England, 2013, Kennington Oval, London [202(279) in that match]

Shane Watson’s top knock came during the fifth Test match against England, which took place from August 21 to 25 at the Oval. The stylish right-handed batter made 176 runs in the first inning of the game from 247 balls, including 25 fours and one six, to help his side win the game.

Speaking about the game here, Australia has posted 492 and 111 runs in the first and second innings, respectively. However, during the chase, the hosts were only able to rack up 377 and 206 runs, which somehow guided them to draw the crucial encounter.

120(220) (2nd Innings) vs Pakistan, 2009, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne [213(411) in that match]

The great batter’s top second knock came during the opening Test against Pakistan, which took place from December 26 to 30 in 2009 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Stadium. The star cricketer hammered 93 runs in the first inning while playing an unbeaten knock of 120 runs in the later one to help him win the game single-handedly.

Speaking about the game, Ricky Ponting led Australia to post 454 and 225 runs in the first and second innings, respectively. However, during the chase, Pakistan was only able to get 258 and 251 runs before being bowled out in the game, which guided the hosts to win the match by 170 runs.

11-3-33-6 (1st Innings) vs Pakistan, 2010, Headingley, Leeds [(16-4-51-6) in that match]

The best right arm-pacer spell came during the second Test match at Leeds, which was played from July 21 to 24 back in 2010. However, his best Test spell could not be more memorable for him as his side suffered the defeat against Pakistan. The great seamer picked up six wickets in the first inning but could not save his team from defeat.

Speaking about the game here, Australia scored 88 and 349 runs in the first and second innings, respectively. However, during the chase, Pakistan made 258 and 180 runs and won the match by 3 wickets against the Ricky Ponting-led Australian side. 

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