Australian batter Shaun Marsh has decided to call it quits from all formats of cricket on Sunday ahead of Big Bash League 2023-24 clash between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder.
Renegades final match of the ongoing BBL season against Sydney Thunder will be Marsh's last appearance in his professional career. The 40-year-old followed his Melbourne Renegades teammate Aaron Finch, who pulled the curtain down on his career after BBL clash against Melbourne Stars.
Shaun Marsh, brother of Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, already retired from first-class cricket at the end of the last season with Western Australia in Sheffield Shield.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Shaun Marsh became emotional as he recalled his cherished journey with friendships at Melbourne Renegades and expressed gratitude to his friends and family for being part of his professional journey.
"I have loved playing for the Renegades, I’ve met some great people over the last five years and the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime. This playing group is special. They’ve been amazing to me, amazing teammates and even better friends." Australian batter said.
"Our members and fans are some of the most passionate out there and I’m so thankful for their support over the journey." he added.
In the ongoing BBL season, Shaun Marsh has scored 181 runs, including 3 fifties, at an average of 45.25 in 5 matches.
Shaun Marsh's professional career
Shaun Marsh made his first-class debut for Western Australia in 2002. The 40-year-old was one of the instrumental players to help WA end 24-year title drought in Sheffield Shield in 2022. West Australia won the prestigious domestic title in the following season, which was Marsh last appearance in first-class cricket.
In first-class cricket, Marsh amassed 12032 runs, including 32 centuries and 58 fifties, at an average of 41.20 in 182 matches.
Marsh made his international debut for Australia in a T20I match against West Indies in 2008. He played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs, and 53 T20Is, scoring 2265, 2273, and 255 runs, respectively. Shaun Marsh was Australia squad that won the 2015 ODI World Cup.
Shaun Marsh last played for Australia in an ODI match against Sri Lanka at the Oval in 2019.