Australian left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh has announced his retirement from first-class and one-day international (ODI) cricket after a 22-year-long career. The 40-year-old Marsh made his first-class debut for Western Australia in 2001 at the age of 17. He has scored over 12,000 runs in his first-class career, hitting 32 centuries and 58 half-centuries in 183 matches at an average of 41.20. In List-A cricket, he played 177 matches, scoring 7,158 runs at an average of 44.45 with 19 centuries and 38 half-centuries. Marsh also played 210 matches in T20 cricket, scoring 6,869 runs at an average of 37.74.
Marsh played 38 Tests for Australia and scored 2,265 runs at an average of 34.31, with 6 centuries and 10 half-centuries. In ODI cricket, he played 73 matches for Australia, scoring 2,773 runs at an average of 40.77, with 7 centuries and 15 half-centuries. Marsh’s best ODI score has been 151 runs. His last ODI was against Sri Lanka in 2019, where he scored three runs. In international T20 cricket, he scored 255 runs in 15 matches at an average of 18.21, with his best score being 47 runs.
Marsh’s bat shone brightly in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2008, he scored 616 runs in 11 matches at an average of 68.44 and a strike rate of 139.68. He played a total of 71 IPL matches, scoring 2,477 runs at an average of 39.95 with one century and 20 half-centuries. Marsh was last seen playing IPL in 2017.
Despite his injury-prone career, Marsh managed to win the Sheffield Shield title last year in the absence of his brother, Mitchell Marsh. Marsh captained the team and led them to victory. With Marsh’s retirement, the cricketing world will miss a talented left-handed batsman who has been a great asset to the Australian cricket team.