The former Australian batsman, Shane Watson has announced his retirement from the Big Bash League and subsequently stepped down as a captain of Sydney Thunder to spend more time with his family. However, he will continue to play his trade in selected tournaments around the world.
"I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has been involved with the Sydney Thunder over the last four seasons. I have so many amazing memories that I will savour forever with the one standout being our win in 2016,” Watson said in a statement.
Watson played more than 700 international and domestic matches in total, scoring over 25,000 runs and claiming in excess of 600 wickets. He is the only Sydney Thunder batsman to score more than a 1,000 runs and head coach Shane Bond called him "the ultimate professional".