Former Australian all-rounder Graeme Watson lost his battle with cancer at the age of 75.
Known as one of Australia’s enigmatic cricketer and sportsmen, Graeme Watson is known to be the first guy to have represented three Sheffield Shield teams. He was also among those of the few players who can balance their time between cricket and AFL so well. In cricket, he worked as a middle-order batsman who worked well at a medium pace. However, he was a bit unlucky when it came to his fitness.
Watson’s former teammate Ian Chapell shared an emotional tribute for Watson by saying, ‘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’.
He also shared how Watson had once faced a near-death experience because of a nose injury that he had incurred in a match. As Chapell reminisced, Watson had been hit by Tony Grieg which caused his nose to bleed profusely. He was advised to retire after that said injury but he came back to play six weeks later. Later on, he was rewarded with a place in the 1972 England tour.
Watson played a total of five Tests from 1967 to 1972 and two ODIs in 1972. To know more about the formats of cricket, visit Betwala.
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