Australian all rounder Shane Watson has announced retirement from Test Cricket with immediate effect. The news has been broken by Cricket Australia through twitter.

The decision from Watson has come on the back of a calf injury sustained yesterday in the 2nd ODI against England. Watson has played 59 test for Australia since his debut in 2005, a career which was consistently hampered by injuries.

He scored 3731 runs at 35.19 and took 75 wickets at 33.68 in his career. He broke the news to his teammates today morning.

“I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what is right for myself, my family and most importantly the team as well,” said Watson has reported by cricket.com.au

“Over the last couple of days there was a lot of clarity (for me) of what the right decision was. I just know that I’ve given everything I possibly can to get the best out of myself.”

“I just know it’s the right time to move on. I don’t have that real fight in me, especially for Test cricket, knowing the lengths physically that I’d have to go through, mentally and technically as well, to be at my best in Test cricket, so I just know it’s the right time,” added Watson.

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