In a sensational move, Shaun Marsh has ended his association with Western Australian cricket by ditching Perth Scorchers for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. Marsh, whose father, brother as well as him played all their cricket in Western Australia, was with the Scorchers since the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League in 2011. His younger brother Mitch currently leads the team while his father Geoff Marsh played over 100 first-class games for the state team.
Melbourne Renegades, nonetheless, have further bolstered their top-order. The reigning Big Bash League champions already have the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch and Cameron White in their ranks and Marsh’ presence is only going to make the top-order even more stronger. Marsh revealed that his relationship with Finch had helped cement the deal.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the Scorchers who have supported me over the years – it was a very successful period for the club,” Marsh said in a statement.
“But I’m ready for a new challenge and the opportunity to join the Renegades on the back of such a successful season is very exciting.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with Finchy and know the other guys well, so I’m looking forward to it,” he added.
Over the years, Shaun Marsh represented the Scorchers in 37 games and averages nearly 50. He finished his stint with the Scorchers after amassing 1435 runs in 37 innings at a strike-rate of 130 and top score of 99 not out. Marsh is tenth on the competition’s all-time leading run-scorers list and has the highest average among that group.
Melbourne Renegades head coach Andrew McDonald welcomed the signing. The former Australia allrounder said that Marsh will give Renegades more flexibility at the top of the order.
“Shaun is one of the most experienced players in the country and excels in white ball cricket. His BBL record speaks for itself and he’ll gives us even greater flexibility at the top of our batting order,” McDonald said.
“We’ve been on the end of a few of Shaun’s big performances over the years so it’s nice to have him as a teammate instead,” he added.
Meanwhile, this is not the first any big name has left the Scorchers in recent times. Before Marsh, crowd-favourite Brad Hogg and opening batsman Marcus Harris had left the Perth-based team to join the Renegades. Scorchers, one of the most successful teams in the history of the league, had a disastrous campaign in the last edition. They managed to win just 4 of their 14 games and finished at the bottom of the eight-team tournament.