Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh dies aged 74 after suffering a heart attack

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 years old.

Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh dies aged 74 (Twitter Photo)

Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh dies aged 74 (Twitter Photo)

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  • 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 legend Rod Marsh has died a week after suffering a heart attack at a fundraiser in Queensland. Marsh, who played 96 tests and 92 one-day caps in the 1970s and 1980s, was 74 and died in Adelaide after moving closer to his family on Monday.

Marsh held a Test record of 355 dismissals by a wicketkeeper, including 95 from Lillee’s bowling. He also played 92 ODIs for Australia before retiring from first-class cricket in February 1984.

A left-handed batsman, he became the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a century in Test cricket, ending his career at three.

He later ran the national cricket academies in Australia and England and was the first head of the International Cricket Council’s World Coaching Academy in Dubai.

In 2014 he was appointed Australian Chair of the Selection Committee, a position he held for two years.

In 1985 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame chairman John Bertrand said Marsh was tactical, spoke without fear and spotted the talents of young cricketers.

“Wickets were caught by Marsh and the phrase ‘caught Marsh, bowled Lillee’ became folklore,” Bertrand said. “He made history. Respected by everyone he has played with and against.”

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