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Shaun Marsh
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:SE Marsh

DateLine: 28th April 2009

 

As a child Shaun Marsh spent a lot of time in the Australian set-up travelling with his father Geoff, the former opening batsman. The international grounding and a backyard net helped develop Marsh into one of the finest young batsmen in the country. It also gave him a taste of what he could expect on his first trips with the national team. He mad a successful start to his ODI career when he opened in the West Indies in 2008 and won a late call-up into the Test squad to tour India later in the year.

 

The recognition came after his most consistent domestic summer that also earned him his first Cricket Australia contract - the selectors view him as a long-term top-order prospect - and the title as Western Australia's Player of the Year. It was quite a response after Marsh was suspended by the state for two games following a drinking session in November. He fought back to finish the summer as the Warriors' leading one-day run scorer with 318 at 39.75 and a solid Pura Cup contributor with 663 at 60.27. The top Twenty20 batsman in the country with 290 at 58, he came to international prominence in the inaugural Indian Premier League, where he was the competition's leading run scorer with 616 runs at 68.44.

 

He picked up 503 runs with two centuries in 2003-04 and in 2005-06 continued to show his consistency with five fifties in a collection of 676 at 37.55. In the one-day game he was even more entertaining with 296 runs at 49.33. His next summer was quieter, with a top score of 50 from his six Pura Cup outings as he collected 226 runs at 20.54. An Australia A representative, Marsh attended the Academy before making his first-class debut in 2000-01 and was part of the Australia Under-19 squad that won the World Cup in 2002.

 


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