Star Australian batter Shaun Marsh has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. Marsh served Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield for 22 long years. The elegant left-hander made his first-class debut at the age of 17 in the year 2001. Marsh, who is 39 years old, elected to play another season in 2022–2023 but has only been able to participate in one Shield game this summer due to injuries.
“This year in particular has been really hard,” Marsh told reporters. “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.”
My time is done: Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh realized that his time had come after a training session on Tuesday.
“I batted for about 20 minutes and the quicks came over…I said to V [WA coach Adam Voges] that I’m done and want to do my weights [session],” Marsh said. “I probably did half my weights [session]. I walked out and thought, ‘that’s not me’. Over the last 24 hours, it hit home that my time is done.
“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.”
Shaun Marsh gave a special tribute to his father who has a huge impact on his career.
“That’s where I found the love of the game as a young kid when I was watching dad play,” he said. “From a young age, all I wanted to do was be like him and he’s had a massive impact on my career.”
The Australian left-hander was destined for success and a very promising career. He could have been the best all-format player for Australia during this decade. But injuries and inconsistency meant that he was constantly in and out of the side.
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