9 Jan 2016

Watson believes career is over

10:32 am on 9 January 2016

All-rounder Shane Watson has conceded his international cricket career is all but over after he was overlooked for the first three matches of Australia's ODI series against India.

The former Australian cricketer Shane Watson.

The former Australian cricketer Shane Watson. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Watson retired from Test cricket after Australia's disastrous Ashes Tour of England last year but he remained available for selection in white ball cricket.

Australian selector Trevor Hohns has insisted Watson remains in the frame for the Twenty20 World Cup in India in March and April.

However the 34-year-old all rounder said he isn't worried as to whether or not he breaks back into the national side.

"Getting dropped from both formats Test and One Day cricket makes that worry go away," Watson said.

"It is more (about playing) for the (Sydney) Thunder than anything now, that is done with the Aussie stuff.

"I am over worrying about all that stuff now, the priority for me is playing well in the games that I am in and to contribute. There is plenty of cricket to come in other competitions as well so whatever happens happens.

"I am available, but the worry is gone and disappeared after I got dropped from the One Day squad.

"The more important thing for me is the Thunder here, that is all that matters. Whatever is meant to be is meant to be."

Watson has struggled this season in limited overs cricket with the bat, first in the one-day domestic tournament for NSW and then with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

The former one-time Test skipper has a good record in the Indian Premier League and said he still felt he could contribute in those conditions. But for him there were now other aspects to cricket than representing Australia.

"The most important thing is my engagement with the Thunder and there is plenty of cricket to be played in other competitions around the world so for me all that matters is being present in those teams now," he said.

"I love playing with the Thunder. It is an exciting franchise, it is nice that they want me as well. I want to be here as well that is all that matters.

"I still definitely feel I have a lot to offer when I am at my best. But in the end whatever I have to offer, that (selection) is definitely up to the (Australian) selectors."