WA star Shaun Marsh announces Shield retirement
Star opener Shaun Marsh will miss out on the chance of adding a second straight Sheffield Shield title to his name after announcing his retirement from WA cricket, effective immediately.
Marsh led the Warriors to last season's success, and they will attempt to go back-to-back when they host the final against either Victoria or Queensland from March 23.
But Marsh, who is on the comeback trail from a broken finger, has decided to pull the pin before then, bringing an end to his glittering 22-year career with WA.
The 39-year-old will continue playing in the BBL, where he has another year to run on his contract with the Melbourne Renegades.
Marsh has battled knee, hamstring and calf injuries since the end of last season, and last month fractured a finger while playing a Shield match for WA.
He said he was feeling relieved after making the decision to retire.
"This year in particular has been really hard," Marsh told reporters on Friday.
"It wasn't the way I sort of planned it after winning the Shield final last year.
"I had great expectations of myself to win another Shield but through injuries and what not it hasn't worked out how I wanted it to.
"I guess (retirement) has been on my mind for a little bit now and probably over the last few days it's sort of set in that it's the right decision to make.
"It's been an amazing journey, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I'd be here for 22 years and that's something that I'm very proud of."
Despite not having the chance to add another Shield title to his resume, Marsh ends his state career as one of the greatest ever players to feature for WA.
He sits third on the all-time WA Shield runs list with 8347, behind only Tom Moody (8853) and Justin Langer (9406), scoring 20 centuries and having a batting average of 42.37.
Marsh's highest score of 214 not out came in October 2019 against Victoria, a match which WA won by nine wickets.
Marsh sits on top of WA's one-day cup all-time runs list with 3672 at an average of 44.78.
The veteran run machine stepped away from WA's one-day team at the end of last season in order to give space for younger players to feature.
Marsh also played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs and 15 T20s for Australia.
Meanwhile, star WA paceman Jhye Richardson will meet with specialists this week to determine whether he needs surgery on his left hamstring.
Richardson first injured his hamstring during last summer's one-day cup final.
He suffered another strain while featuring for the Perth Scorchers on January 4, and his hopes of appearing for Australia in the upcoming ODI tour of India were dashed when he repeated the injury last week while playing club cricket.