Party boy Marsh on the brink
Party boy Marsh on the brink

Shaun Marsh's cricket career is in peril with the talented but troubled batsman at risk of not playing for WA again this summer.

WA cricket officials are considering suspending Marsh after he was dropped for Perth's dead rubber Champions League match against Auckland on Tuesday.

He is almost certain not to be considered for WA's Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the MCG next week and his playing future will be determined after talks on Monday.

But the likely disciplinary action against Marsh comes as teammates suggested he might have been made a scapegoat in the fallout from the loss to Delhi at Newlands last week that prevented the Scorchers from qualifying for the semifinals.

Marsh and his brother Mitch were punished for taking part in a drunken team dinner in Cape Town to celebrate the latter's 21st.

They were both picked for the critical game against Delhi three days later, despite senior batsman Simon Katich and captain Marcus North saying their poor preparation had damaged the team's prospects. Both were dropped for the dead rubber at Centurion.

"All I'll say is there are players that played today and players that didn't play today that let the team down in preparation last week," North said.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews would not speculate on further sanctions but suggested the Marsh brothers' history of alcohol-related issues would be held against them.

"If you've had the experience before, you've got to expect that you're going to be examined far more strongly than others," Matthews said.

"There's obviously some issues with player self-discipline.

"Whether that can be deemed as culture issues, or whether that's contained to a small group, we'll look into that seriously next week and then make an assessment."

While Shaun Marsh has been suspended by the WACA several times over the past decade, Mitch Marsh was dropped in a bid to steer him away from sabotaging a blossoming career that could see him become an international star for the next decade.

Several Scorchers claimed Shaun Marsh was singled out over his behaviour at an event attended by most members of the Perth travelling party.

"They might have had a big night but so did plenty of others," one said.

It is believed at least two other players would have been dropped for the Auckland match had there been other replacements on tour.

Paceman Nathan Rimmington was also left out of the game the Scorchers won by 16 runs, but was believed to have suffered a hand injury in the loss to Delhi.

Australia's coach Mickey Arthur, who as WA coach last year axed Luke Pomersbach from the Warriors after repeated drug and alcohol issues, praised replacement Lachlan Stevens' actions against the Marsh brothers.

"Nice win ScorchersBBL congrats to all!," Arthur tweeted. "Discipline, responsibility and accountability will always prevail."

North bristled at suggestions from national chairman of selectors John Inverarity that WA cricket had a poor culture.

He said the former WA captain did not have inside knowledge of what was happening at the Warriors.

"He is not part of our coaching staff or part of our administration as far as I am aware," North said.

"He is chairman of selectors so he has an outlook and a thought process on how he sees us playing, but he is not in our change rooms."

Inverarity said WA's culture compared poorly to the Victoria set-up and the successful teams of his era in the 1960s and 70s.

"I experienced a fantastic period of West Australian cricket when the culture was second to none," Inverarity said.

"There was a tremendous pride and a never-say-die attitude and the culture is not that at the moment.

"There needs to be some changes there and they need to recapture that culture."

Pomersbach will return to Perth next week as part of the Queensland second XI.

The West Australian

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