Shaun Marsh, the veteran Australian batter, has announced his retirement from both first-class and ODI cricket after playing for Western Australia for 22 years. Marsh, who made his first-class debut at the age of 17 in 2001, won the prestigious Sheffield Shield competition in 2022 and captained the side in the finals in the absence of his brother, Mitchell Marsh.
During his career, Marsh played 177 List-A matches in the 50-over format, scoring 7158 runs at an average of 44.45. He has been a legend of the game, winning multiple trophies for Western Australia.
Marsh represented Australia in 38 Test matches, scoring 2265 runs at an average of 34.31. He made his red-ball debut against Sri Lanka in 2011 and played his last match against India in the Australian summer of 2019. Marsh is also on the elite list of players who made a century on their Test debut.
In addition to his Test career, Marsh played 73 ODI matches for Australia, scoring 2773 runs at an average of 40.77, with seven centuries and 15 half-centuries for the national team.
Marsh also finished as the state’s all-time, all-format leading runs scorer, with 12,811 runs to his name, surpassing his former coach, Justin Langer, who has 12,780 runs.
Injuries have always been a part of Marsh’s career, and in the recently concluded season, he could play only one match in the Sheffield Shield due to multiple injuries. In the 2019 World Cup, Marsh was ruled out after sustaining a fractured arm, despite being in the scheme of things for Australia. Nevertheless, Marsh will always be remembered as a legend of Australian cricket, even though he doesn’t have a World Cup to showcase like his brother.
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