Australian All rounder Graeme Watson passes Away

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Australian All rounder Graeme Watson passes Away

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Former Australian all-rounder Graeme Watson passes away

April 25 2020

Watson was the first Australian cricketer to represent three Sheffield Shield teams.
Watson was the first Australian cricketer to represent three Sheffield Shield teams.
One of Australia's enigmatic sportsmen during the 1960s and 1970s, Graeme Watson passed away on Friday (April 24) after an extended battle with cancer. The all-rounder featured in just five Tests and two ODIs for Australia but was a celebrated person for his multi-skilled nature, both as a cricketer and sportsman.

Watson was the first Australian cricketer to represent three Sheffield Shield teams. He was also among a select band of players who managed to concurrently manage cricket and AFL seamlessly. A middle-order batsman, he also bowled effective medium-pace. However, for all his skills, Watson was an unfortunate person when it came to fitness.

Injuries of all kind battered him, none more so while batting when he faced plenty of intimidating short-ball stuff that mostly ended up damaging his body. The most infamous incident has to be the one when a Tony Greig full toss ended up producing a career-threatening face injury for Watson.

Despite being advised to end his career, Watson battled on for a few more years in cricket. His AFL stint was also heavily affected by injuries. Watson, a.k.a "Beatle" was a hugely popular figure among the cricketers of his generation. Former captain and Watson's teammate Ian Chappell was emotional in his tribute.

"Beatle lived a very full life and he was looking forward to caring for (wife) Jan in her post-operation period but unfortunately the tables were turned and it was she who lovingly cared for him," said Chappell.

Chappell was not only Watson's teammate but also spent a considerable time as his roommate, bonding well as mates.Chappell also happened to be the non-striker when Watson got hit by Greig, and he had vivid memories of the freak incident.

"I was batting with Watson when an unintentional beamer from Tony Greig hit him in the nose and he was carted off the ground bleeding profusely," Chappell wrote in his column for Nine.

"He was extremely unfortunate as Greig's delivery was affected when his bowling hand hit the stumps and Watson top-edged a ball that would've hit him in the chest if his attempted pull shot had missed.

"It was only on that 1972 tour when I met one of his nurses at a social function that I found out Beatle had actually stopped breathing for a while when he was in hospital. It was typical of Beatle to say very little about the incident; he made light of any injury and at times was too brave for his own good."

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His best score was 50 in test cricket played
few test & couple of ODI
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