Shane Watson goes absolutely berserk
SHANE Watson will enter the Big Bash raring to go after smashing a remarkable century in Sydney Premier Cricket on the weekend.
Playing for Sutherland against Mosman in the semi-final of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup, the former Australian all-rounder went berserk to ensure his side easily chased down Mosman's 8/150.
Opening the batting, Watson spanked 16 sixes and just one four to rocket to an unbeaten 114 from 53 balls as Sutherland secured victory in the 16th over just two wickets down.
Per Cricket NSW statistician Adam Morehouse, Watson has now scored 447 first grade runs this season at an average of 63.86 and a strike rate of nearly 140, with two hundreds and one half century.
The 36-year-old - who last played for Australia in 2015 - will captain Sydney Thunder in the seventh edition of the Big Bash this silly season. The men in green will be hoping Watson's latest hit is an omen for what's in store after he suffered through a disappointing campaign last summer.
He scored just 104 runs in six innings at an average of 17.33 after missing the start of the tournament with a calf injury.
Watson's fortunes mirrored those of his team as the Thunder finished dead last, winning just three of eight games.
But there will be plenty of new faces at Homebush this time around with the addition of new recruits like batsman Callum Ferguson (Melbourne Renegades), New Zealand quick Mitchell McClenaghan and English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.