Veteran Marsh to play on into 22nd first-class season
The 38-year-old has signed a one-year contract extension, with Josh Philippe and Aaron Hardie also inking new deals as WA reveal their squad for the 2022-23 season
12 May 2022, 09:58 AM AEST
Veteran West Australian batter Shaun Marsh will play on into a 22nd first-class season after signing a one-year contract extension.
The 38-year-old former Australia representative who last month won the first Sheffield Shield title of his illustrious career – and led WA to their first in 23 years – decided to continue in 2022-23 after talks with coach Adam Voges following the season.
Marsh had put talks about his future on hold throughout the 2021-22 season in the hope it would not be a distraction in WA's quest for a drought-breaking Shield title.
After debuting against South Australia in March 2001, Marsh went on to play 38 Tests for Australia, which included a whitewash Ashes series win, two Ashes hundreds, two KFC BBL titles and three domestic 50-over cup wins.
But a Sheffield Shield had always eluded him until this season and after securing the title with a draw against Victoria at the WACA in April, he described the achievement as one of the most rewarding of his career.
"Dad always spoke about his Shield wins as being the highlight of his career and this feeling I've got inside my body right now, it's definitely up there," Marsh said after the final.
Marsh sits third on WA's list of all-time leading Sheffield Shield run-scorers with 8,330 at 42.71 with 20 centuries and went past 12,000 career first-class runs during the final against Victoria.
He is also Western Australia's all-time leading run-scorer in one-day domestic with 3,672 runs at 44.78 (10 centuries) and featured in their Marsh Cup triumph last season.
Western Australia today announced their contract list for the 2022-23 season with damaging wicketkeeper-batter Josh Philippe inking a two-year contract extension after registering his best first-class season with the bat, scoring 481 runs at 37.
Philippe was also recently selected in the Australia A squad to tour Sri Lanka in June.
Joining him on that tour will be emerging WA allrounder Aaron Hardie, who has penned a three-year contract extension after his epic 174 not out in the Shield final.
Former Test allrounder Hilton Cartwright, young off-spinner Corey Rocchiccioli and speedster Lance Morris have also signed new two-year deals.
Teenage batting prodigy Teague Wyllie, who won a Shield title in just his second first-class match, headlines the inclusions in WA's squad for 2022-23, earning a two-year full contract.
Top-order batter Sam Fanning and fast bowler Bryce Jackson have been upgraded from rookie deals to full contracts.
With left-arm quick Liam Guthrie set to join Queensland, former NSW bowler Charlie Stobo has also earned a full contract after impressing as part of WA Cricket’s Academy Program for several years.
WA's list also features five players with Cricket Australia central contracts – Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis – which coach Adam Voges said allowed them to upgrade several rookies and bring fresh face into the squad.
"I’m really pleased that (Shaun Marsh) wants to go around again for another season," he said.
"We had a good chat ... after the Shield Final, and he's indicated he's really keen to get stuck in for another year. He'll not only provide great leadership for our squad, but he's also one of our better players and his ability to mentor some of the up-and-coming guys is invaluable."
Western Australia 2022-23 contract list: Ashton Agar*, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Sam Fanning, Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green*, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis*, Bryce Jackson, Matthew Kelly, Mitch Marsh*, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Lance Morris, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, D’Arcy Short, Charlie Stobo, Marcus Stoinis*, Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman, Teague Wyllie. Rookies: Cooper Connolly, Jayden Goodwin, Sam Greer, Hamish Mckenzie
* Cricket Australia contracts
Ins: Sam Fanning (Upgraded), Bryce Jackson (upgraded), Sam Greer, Hamish Mckenzie, Teague Wyllie. Outs: Liam Guthrie (Queensland)