Watson's decision to retire caught many off-guard at the I S Bindra Stadium here. He was seen delivering an emotional speech to his teammates at the start of the practice session on the eve of Australia's must-win match against Pakistan.

His teammates duly applauded when the 34-year-old, who has already retired from Test cricket, was done with his speech.

Watson, who made his international debut with an ODI against South Africa at Centurion exactly on this day 14 years ago, said he took the difficult decision after a week of pondering.

"It's been over the last week that it's really become clear that now really is the right time to retire from all international cricket," Watson said in a statement.


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