Yorkshire Vikings have managed to sneak in Shaun Marsh to their ranks for this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast.
The left-hander was named as a replacement for Travis Head who was recently called up to deliver the services for Australia ‘A’ squad ahead of their tour of South Africa in July and August.
“I’ll be looking to bring some experience to the group and obviously some runs would be nice too,” Marsh said. “I’ve played in a lot of T20 competitions now and hopefully I can bring most of what I’ve learned over the years to the group and have a really successful campaign together.
“I think we’ve got a really experienced team with a lot of talented players. Hopefully, we can get some momentum going early. Having never played at Headingley, I’m really excited by the prospect of that too.”
Marsh has displayed how dangerous he can be with the willow on his day with some match-winning performances in Big Bash and Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years. He was the top scorer in both the IPL as well as the BBL in 2008 and 2013 respectively. He also has an average of 39.59 in T20 cricket to his credit.
After having secured the services of the Australian, Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “It was obviously a bit of a blow to see Travis pull out, but to secure the services of Shaun is a massive coup for us.
“To get someone of his calibre, with his ability in both formats of the game – in T20 and potentially red-ball cricket as well – and at such short notice is fantastic news.”
– by Yash Kashikar