Australia batter Shaun Marsh on Friday, March 10, announced his retirement from first-class cricket after playing the longest version of the game for 22 years for Western Australia at the Sheffield Shield level, and for Australia at the international level. The veteran batter made the announcement of his retirement from professional cricket during a press conference on Friday afternoon, ending a 22-year tenure in the Australian domestic scene.

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Having made his debut as a teenager at the age of 17 in March 2001, Marsh went on to become one of the most prolific players in Sheffield Shield history, amassing over 12,000 first-class runs at an average of 41.02, including 32 hundreds in 183 appearances. He ended his domestic career with the most runs for his state team Western Australia. His tally of 12,811 is better than other legends of Western Australia- Justin Langer (12,780), Adam Voges (11,338), Tom Moody (10,857), and Mike Hussey (10,727). The southpaw has played 122 first-class matches which makes him the second-most capped Western Australian cricketer in history only behind former captain Tom Moody.

Marsh was eyeing another Sheffield Shield final with his team Western Australia all set to defend their title. The defending champions will play Victoria at the WACA next week before hosting the final starting on March 23. The veteran batter returned to Perth club cricket after recovering from a fractured finger and soon he realized that his time in the domestic arena is done.

Marsh Calls Time on His Stellar Domestic Career

Shaun Marsh Retires From First Class Cricket
Shaun Marsh Retires From First Class Cricket

“This year in particular has been really hard. It wasn’t the way I planned it after winning the Shield final last year. I had great expectations of myself to win another Shield but through injuries, it hasn’t worked out how I wanted it to. It’s been an amazing journey, never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d be here for 22 years and that’s something that I’m very proud of. Any time you get to represent your country…those memories will last forever,” Shaun Marsh informed reporters about his retirement.

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Apart from longevity, Marsh provided stability as well as flexibility due to his ability to feature at the top of the order as well as in the middle order. He played to his potential for his state team but unfortunately couldn’t replicate that at the international level. For Australia, he played 38 Tests, scoring 2,265 runs including six centuries. His last Test appearance came against India in 2019.

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