'Lesson learnt': Shane Watson caught in embarrassing X-rated photo hack

Shane Watson has apologised to his social media followers after inadvertently posting a number of X-Rated photos after being hacked.

The Aussie cricketer was the victim of hackers for the second time in as many weeks, with a number of unsavoury posts appearing on his social media accounts.

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His bio was changed to “JOIN SHADOW REALM, LINK IN BIO! FOR FREE NUDES”, and a number of X-Rated pics were posted.

His Twitter account was also flooded with fat-shaming posts and derogatory slurs aimed at Indigenous Australians.

One of the pics that was posted to Shane Watson's Instagram account. Image: Getty/Instagram

Watson apologises to followers

Watson, who played 59 Tests and 190 one-day internationals for Australia, managed to remove the content and later apologised to his 1.3 million followers.

“Unfortunately I’ve had to deal with another one of my social media accounts getting hacked,” Watson said.

“I really apologise for the images that were posted on my Instagram account. They’re disgraceful images and videos.

“Some people have just got way too much time on their hands to go and try and disrupt someone’s day.

Shane Watson during a training session for the 2015 Ashes. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“But I really apologise. It’s been another lesson learnt, to ensure all my social media is as watertight as it possibly can be from a safety point of view.

“Hopefully no one can get in to any more of my accounts.”

Watson retired from international cricket in 2016 and has since being plying his trade in T20 tournaments around the world.

He currently plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.