By CricketCountry Staff
London: Sep 11, 2011
Shaun Marsh on Saturday became the 19th Australian cricketer to score a Test century on debut with his innings of 141 against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Pallekele.
Left-handed Marsh scored 141 of 315 balls, with the help of 18 fours to put his team in control of the match.
Watching the match closely from grandstand at the Pallekele stadium, father, Geoff Marsh could not hide his emotions.
He was quoted in Sydney Morning Herlad as saying, ''That's got to be the highlight of my life.''
''It was very nerve-racking - not an easy thing. You're really happy that he's got runs but you really want him to go on and get the big one - three figures. It's the greatest feeling in your life when your son gets a hundred in Test cricket.''
''It's very surreal at the moment,'' Marsh said. ''I still can't believe it really, just to be playing Test cricket. To be given the opportunity and to go out and get a hundred in my first innings, you dream of that sort of stuff. It was pretty emotional.''
Shaun Marsh admitted that it was a nervous moment for him playing in the nineties.
He said, ''Today was pretty nerve-racking,'' he said. ''I tried to forget what score I was on. It took me a while to get to sleep [on Friday night] and I woke up pretty early and didn't get back to sleep. I'm not too sure how many hours I got but it wasn't a lot.''
Shaun also credited Tom Moody to develop his game.
''What Tom has done for me in the last two or three years … to have him and my dad here was pretty special,'' Marsh said. ''I probably took it for granted playing at a young age for WA, I probably thought it was just going to happen. I didn't realise how hard it was to play first-class cricket so I'm glad I did work hard enough and turned it around, '' added Marsh.