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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

Marsh reflects on career peaks and troughs

Tonight, Shaun Marsh will line up for the Melbourne Renegades in his farewell game of professional cricket.  

 

Since 2022, Marsh has gradually been retiring from the game, first announcing his domestic one-day retirement, then his Shield retirement in 2023.  

 

The veteran batsman made his Test debut for Australia in September 2011, becoming the 19th Australian to score a century on debut. 

 

Since then, Marsh has gone on to have but individual and team success across all three formats domestically and internationally.  

 

Marsh told SportFM he found it difficult to pinpoint a career highlight throughout his 24-year professional career.  

 

“There's been so many good memories throughout my career, but I've always played the game to win trophies and I've been able to do that with WA,” he said. 

 

“Winning a Shield a few years ago, winning a lot of one-day titles, the back-to-back Big Bash titles with the Scorchers. I'll never forget the feeling in those changerooms after we won that first title.  

 

“So many great memories being able to play for my country, receiving my cap from my dad in Sri Lanka, and then being able to play with my brother as well.  

 

“To put my finger on one, I probably can't. There's been so many and I've been very fortunate and lucky to be able to do it for a long period of time.” 

 

However, the former-WA cricketer’s career was not without challenge as inconsistent form meant he struggled to solidify a permanent spot in Australia’s test career.  

 

Reflecting upon it, Marsh believes he could have handled his challenging moments better when he first joined the Australian set up.  

 

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well each and every game and it probably didn't work out that way at the start,” he said. 

“I think you learn from your mistakes as you get older and you learn that failure is part of the game and once you can be OK with that, I definitely started being a lot more consistent in the way I played. 

 

“I have a really good balance now away from cricket, my kids have been fantastic for me.  

 

“It's been a lot of different challenges over the years but I'd like to think I'll come out of it and play pretty well towards it back end of my career and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

 

Marsh had a decorated domestic T20 career, representing the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades across 78 matches, finishing with 2810 runs and three titles with the Scorchers.  

 

He also played 71 matches for the Punjabi Kings in the IPL from 2008-1 taking out the inaugural Orange Cap award for most runs in his first season.  

 

Marsh was destined to have tremendous success in T20 cricket, having loved the format right from the start.  

 

“It's a format that I've really enjoyed,” he said. 

 

“The atmosphere within the crowd, in particular, when we first started with the Scorchers playing at the WACA and being able to play in front of those crowds there and obviously now with the Renegades. 

 

“I've just absolutely loved it. It's been a lot of fun. I've been able to win a few championships as well, which is the reason why I've played the game.  

 

“I don't know why I've done well in it, I've just really enjoyed this format and been able to play with some great teams.” 


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