Veteran batter Shaun Marsh has announced his retirement from first-class and ODI cricket after playing 22 years for Western Australia. The 39-year-old made his first-class debut at the age of 17, in 2001, and won the prestigious Sheffield Shield competition just in 2022, as he also captained the side in the finals in the absence of his brother, Mitchell Marsh.
When it comes to the 50-over format, the opener has played 177 List-A matches, scoring 7158 runs at an average of 44.45. He has been one of the legends of the game and has won multiple trophies for Western Australia during his illustrious career.
Now, talking about his Australia career, Marsh has represented the national side in 38 Test matches, scoring 2265 runs at an average of 34.31. He made his red-ball debut against Sri Lanka on September 8, 2011, and played his last match against India in the Australian summer of 2019. Notably, the southpaw is also on the elite list of players who made a century on their Test debut.
Coming to the white-ball side, Marsh has played 73 ODI matches for Australia, scoring 2773 runs at an average of 40.77. He has his seven centuries and 15 half-centuries for the national team in the meantime.
Domestic career journey of Shaun Marsh
Interestingly, Marsh has also finished as the state’s all-time, all-format leading runs scorer ahead of his former coach, Justin Langer. Langer has 12,780 runs to his name, while Marsh 12,811 runs to his name at the top of the charts.
Notably, in the recently concluded season, Marsh could play only one match in the Sheffield Shield, as he was plagued with multiple injuries – something that has always been a part of his career. In the 2019 World Cup, despite being in the scheme of things for Australia, the opener was ruled out after sustaining a fractured arm. Now even though he doesn’t have a world cup to showcase like his brother, Shaun will always be remembered as a legend of Australian cricket.