30 Surprising Facts We Bet You Never Knew Before About Shaun Marsh


Shaun Marsh, famously known by his nickname SOS ("Son of Swampy"), is a left-handed opening batsman from the Australian national cricket team. Here are some facts about the Australian cricket player:

  1.  He is a left-handed opening batsman in the current Australian batting line-up, who has featured in all form of cricket for Australia.
  2.  He was born Shaun Edward Marsh on July 09, 1983, in Narrogin, Western Australia, to Michelle and Geoff Marsh, the former Australian cricketer, coach and selector.
  3.  He is the elder brother of Mitchell Marsh, a fellow Australian international cricketer and his sister, Melissa Marsh, is an Australian former professional basketball player.
  4.  Marsh is popularly known as, ‘SOS,’ which stands for ‘Son of Swampy.’ He got this nickname during his junior cricket days as his father, Geoff Marsh, was known as ‘Swampy.’
  5.  Marsh represented Australia in the 1999-2000 ICC Under-19 World Cups held in Sri Lanka, and was the second highest run getter for Australia, after Shane Watson.
  6.  He was also part of victorious Australian team in the next edition of Under-19 World Cupin 2001-02, held in New Zealand. He was the tournaments fourth highest run getter with 317 runs in 8 innings at an average of 39.62, with a century and a half-century to his name.
  7.  Marsh is married to Rebecca O’Donovan, a journalist working on Channel 7, since 2015. They are blessed with a son, Austin Ross Marsh, born in 2016 and a daughter, Mabel Rose Marsh, born in 2019.
  8.  He attended Wesley College in South Perth, where he excelled in cricket. His highest average of 210 in the Public School Association’s Darlot Cup cricket competition in 1988, stood for ten years.
  9.  In November 2007, Marsh along with Luke Pomersbach, were suspended for two matches by the Western Australian Cricket Association for consuming excessive alcohol after a drinking session following a Queensland game.
  10.  In October 2012, during the Champions League Twenty20 tournament,Mrash and his brother Mitchell, were axed from Scorchers’ last match after a night of partying to celebrate Mitchell’s 21st birthday.
  11.  In December 2017, just before the second Test match at Adelaide Oval in the Ashes series, he was diagnosed with minor eyesight problem. He wore contact lenses during his stay at crease for almost six hours to score his unbeaten 126. Despite his short-sightedness he was batting and fielding for considerable time before being diagnosed.
  12.  Marsh made his first-class debut for Western Australia, in March 2001, against South Australia, in Perth, in the Sheffield Shield. He scored 12 runs of 27 balls in the first innings and was unbeaten on 28 in the second innings.
  13.  He ended the 2001 first class season aggregating 102 runs in 5 innings at an average of 25.50, with a highest-score of 46. All along he continued to represent Australian Under-19 side and the Australian Cricket Academy.
  14.  Marsh was selected to play for his state team against visiting England XIbefore the 2002-03 Ashes series. He top scored with 92 against the bowling of Matthew Hoggard, Stephen Hramison, Andy Caddick, and Ashley Giles and was instrumental in overhauling England total.
  15.  He made his List-A debut against South Australia, on November 6, 2002, at Perth. He made 42 runs in 58 balls with 7 fours, as the third highest scorer for losing cause. In all he played in 8 innings and aggregated 171 runs at an average of 21.37.
  16.  In January 2003, in the Sheffiled Shield for Pura Cup, Marsh brought up his maiden first-class century against New South Wales. He brought up his century with a pair of sixes moving from 95 to 105. His effort went in vain as Western Australia lost by two runs.
  17.  Marsh recorded his highest first-class score of 166 not out against Queensland at Perth in November 2007, in the Pura Cup.He had a rewarding 2007-08 season, when he aggregated 663 runs at an average of 60.27,with a century and 5 fifties.
  18.  In the 2007-08, One-Day competition for the Ford Ranger Cup, Marsh was the highest-run getter for his state with 318 runs at an average of 39.75. He recorded one century, 103 against New South Wales, apart from 2 fifties.
  19.  He completed his stupendous 2007-08 season as the competition’s leading run scorer in the Twenty20 format with the highest average and the highest individual score. In 6 innings he amassed 290 runs at an average of 58.00, with 86 as the highest score. He had 3 fifty plus scores.
  20.  He was the recipient of ‘Lawrie SawleMedallist,’ for being the best player in the Western Australian state cricket team for the 2007-08 season.
  21.  In the 2012-13 Big Bash League, as part of Perth Scorchers, he was the tournament’s leading run scorer with 412 runs in 9 innings at an average of 58.85, with 5 fifties.
  22.  Marsh signed up with Kings XI Punjab, for the inaugural 2008 Indian Premier League and recorded a century against Rajasthan Royals on May 28, 2008. He scored 115 run in 69 balls with 11 fours and 7 sixes.
  23.  He was the recipient of Orange Cap as the 2008 IPL tournament’s leading scorer with 616 runs in 11 innings at an average of 68.44. He had to his name one century and 5 fifties. His 26 sixes were the second most after S.T. Jayasuriya’s 31 sixes in the tournament.
  24.  He made his Twenty20 debut for Australia on June 20, 2008, against West Indies, in Bridgetown. He opened the innings and scored 29 of 22 balls and along with L. Roanchi laid the foundation with 57 runs opening stand, but Australia was shot out for 97 runs to lose the match.
  25.  On June 24, 2008, he made a memorable debut to his One Day International career in Australia’s 84 runs win against West Indies, at Kingston. He was the top scorer of the match with 81 of 97 balls which included 7 fours and 1 six. He was named Player of the Match on his debut.
  26.  His form continued during South African tour of Australia with score of 79, 78 and 43, in the first three ODIs. He had scored more than 50 in five of his 10 matches and won two Man of the Match awards during the period.
  27.  He scored his maiden ODI century during the tour of India at Hyderabad, on November 5, 2009. His run a ball 112 was studded with 8 fours and 2 sixes. In the 4 innings he played on the tour he scored 144 runs at an average of 36.00.
  28.  Marsh made his Test debut against Sri Lanka, in the second test at Kandy, in September 2011, and became the 19th Australian to score a century on Test debut. He scored 141 runs and stitched a 258 runs partnership with Michael Hussey to post an imposing total in the first innings. He was presented with his baggy green cap by his father and former Test player Geoff Marsh, to become the second father and son combination to play for Australia.
  29.  After he lost his place in the Test team in December 2015, he celebrated his recall with a century against Sri Lanka in the third Test. However, he broke his finger in the third one-day international in the series and still managed to score 63 and 15 against visiting South Africans in November 2016.
  30.  He is part of ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup being held at England and played in two matches as on date scoring 23 against Pakistan as his highest score.
  31.  Shaun Marsh Net Worth: $1.5 Million

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