Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh has died eight days after suffering a heart attack.
Marsh, who played 96 Tests and 92 one-day internationals in the 1970s and 1980s, was 74.
Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh dies aged 74 (Twitter Photo)
- Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh dies aged 74
- Marsh was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
- Marsh held a Test record of 355 dismissals by a wicketkeeper
Australian cricket great Rod Marsh has died a week after suffering a heart attack during a fundraising event in Queensland state. Marsh, who played 96 Tests and 92 one-day internationals in the 1970s and 1980s, was 74 and passed away in Adelaide after being moved closer to his family on Monday.
Marsh held a Test record of 355 dismissals by a wicketkeeper, including 95 off the bowling of Lillee. He also played 92 ODIs for Australia before retiring from top-flight cricket in February 1984.
A left-handed batter, he was the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a century in Test cricket, and finished his career with three.
He later led the national cricket academies in Australia and in England and was the inaugural head of the International Cricket Council’s world coaching academy in Dubai.
In 2014, he was appointed as Australia’s chairman of selectors and held the position for two years.
He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.
The hall of fame’s chairman, John Bertrand, said Marsh was tactical, spoke without fear, and spotted the talents of young cricketers.
“Wickets were caught by Marsh and the term caught Marsh, bowled Lillee’ became folklore,” Bertrand said. “He created history. Respected by all those he played with and against.”