Marsh replaces retired Rudolph

22 November 2017 06:59:11 EST

Veteran Australia batsman Shaun Marsh has signed a two-year contract to become Glamorgan's overseas player.

Left-hander Marsh, currently preparing for the first Ashes Test against England, returns to Cardiff following a Twenty20 spell in 2012 and will be available across all three formats of the game in 2018 and 2019.

However, the 34-year-old will arrive late next summer if he is taken in the Indian Premier League draft. He has previously proved a stand-out player for Kings XI Punjab.

"I'm extremely excited to join Glamorgan for the 2018 season," said Marsh, who replaces the recently-retired Jacques Rudolph as the Welsh county's primary import.

"I have some great memories of the club when I played in Cardiff in 2012 and I'm glad to be back.

"Securing my county future for the long term has always appealed to me, so I jumped at the opportunity when it came.

"There is a lot of exciting young talent at the club and hopefully I can put in some good performances so we can bring some silverware to Wales."

Glamorgan Director of Cricket Hugh Morris added: "We wanted to bring in someone who is experienced at international level, can bat at the top of the order and can play in all three formats of the game - Shaun ticks all of those boxes for us.

"He is a world-class performer who has played in competitions across the world and that experience will be invaluable to our young players."

Meanwhile, England are 7/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 11/2 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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