Yes, it's true! Australian cricketer Shane 'Watto' Watson who has been chosen to play for Australia in next month's T20 Tournament, is 'believed' to have had a run in with a ghost whilst on tour with the Australian Men's Cricket Team almost eleven years ago.
At just 24 years of age at the time, Watson was excited to be on tour for the 2005 Ashes Series, staying with all of his team mates and soaking up the sights and sounds of England. However his stay at Lumley Castle in the county of Durham (the team's home away from home for the series), would prove to be verrrrrrryyyy interesting!
Situated just metres away from Durham Cricket Club where the team was playing during the series, 700 year old Lumley Castle is popular with tourists for it's rich history. Including the tale about Lily of Lumley, a former Lady of the manor who is believed to have been tortured and thrown down the manor's well by two unsuspecting priests.
On the particular night the Australian Cricket Team checked in back in 2005, it is believed Watson was awoken by a ghost in room 64. The same room in which Lily of Lumley had met her terrible, torturous fate, before being thrown down the well.
Some accounts from staff working at the hotel that night to media, suggest Watson became frazzled, went down to reception and refused to go back to his room, even lodging on the floor of a fellow team mate's room upon being told all other rooms were full. (Brett Lee you're a good friend if it's true).
The Australian: Shane Watson's fright night, back in his sight.
However over the years the details and recounts of that night have differed substantially, meaning the only person who really knows the truth is Shane Watson himself.
He doesn't seem all to keen to talk about it these days... and why would he! So perhaps if you ever find yourself with 'Watto' in a broken down elevator, you might just get a chance to ask him!
Read more facts about Shane Watson below.
- Full Name: Shane Robert Watson
- Nickname: Watto
- Born: June, 1981in Ipswich Queensland, Australia
- Height: 184cm
- He's known for being a strong all-rounder on the cricket field
- He's was a talented sportsman from a young age who received a scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sport
- He has been plagued with multiple injuries over the years but continues to make some strong come backs
- He married former Fox Sports presenter Lee Furlong (now Watson) back in 2010
- The couple share two young children, William (two years of age) and baby daughter Matilda
Shane Watson Bio
Since his international debut in an ODI against South Africa in 2002, Australian cricket fans have ridden the rollercoaster that is Shane Watson’s injury-filled career.
Despite appearing to have a strong physique, Watson’s body has failed him numerous times over his career. However continuous disappointment has not shaken his determination to be successful at cricket’s top level.
Watson made his Test debut in 2005 against Pakistan, batting at no.7 with a top score of 31, and taking the wicket of Younis Khan in a win for the Aussies. He has moved up and down the batting order in his Test career, even opening the batting in 2009 which triggered a memorable run of form for Watson.
This included passing 50 eight times in as many innings, as well as his maiden Test century. Other highlights include a patient hundred on a dustbowl in Mohali in 2010, his almost flawless innings of 176 against at The Oval in 2013 and his run-a-ball century against England in Perth just a few months later.
There have been several stand-out moments in the coloured clothing as well, both for Australia and in the IPL, with the highlight of his ODI career coming when he smashed an unbeaten 185 from 96 balls against Bangladesh in 2011. His back-to-back Test five-wicket hauls against Pakistan in 2010 also proves that he can be much more than a change bowler when his fragile body allows.
Watson was a member of the winning ICC World Cup team in 2014-15, and has represented Australia at the ICC World T20. He is also a two-time Allan Border medalist.