Brisbane: Veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson set a record when he hit a blistering century for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL) Twenty20 tournament on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Sydney captain hammered a 62-ball 100 with eight fours and six sixes against Brisbane Heat. Thanks to his superlative effort, Sydney posted 186/4 in 20 overs.

With his latest three-figure score, Watson became the first batsman in history to have hit a century in the Indian Premier League (IPL), BBL, and also for Australia in T20Is. He is also the oldest to score a hundred in BBL history.

This made Watson trend on social media. Players, including Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, heaped praises on the veteran right-hander.

In last year's IPL, Watson had helped the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to title triumph by hitting a hundred (117 not out) in the final against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Watson retired from international cricket in 2016 but continues to play T20s for various franchises.

In his international career from 2005 to 2016, he played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is. He was the Man of the Series at the 2012 World T20.