Shane Watson, born June 17, 1981 in Ipswich, Queensland, is an Australian cricketer. Hulklike, blond and spiky-haired, Watson is the shiny embodiment of modern-day Australian cricket. As a boy he played for Queensland Under-17s at 15, then went to the Academy. As a youth he upped and fled to Tasmania, desperate to gatecrash first-class cricket. Watson debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first one-day international against South Africa. Watson started his first-class cricketing career for Tasmanian Tigers after leaving his home state of Queensland, but returned to play for his native Queensland Bulls as his international career was beginning. He has also played for Hampshire in the English County Championship. Watson remains the cleanest of hitters in cricket.