Rod Marsh, legendary Australian wicketkeeper, rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack


Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh suffered a heart attack while en route to a charity event in Queensland. He was taken to the hospital by the organizers of the event, who did not wait for an ambulance.

Rod Marsh arrives in hospital just in time after heart attack (AFP Photo)


  • Rod Marsh was taken to the hospital, where doctors saved his life
  • The legendary Australian cricketer suffered a massive heart attack
  • Marsh had played 96 Tests and 92 ODIs for Australia between 1970 and 1984

The legendary Australian wicketkeeper was rushed to a Queensland hospital on Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack. Marsh, 74, got to the hospital just in time when doctors allegedly claimed the former cricketer would not have made it if he had waited for an ambulance.

Marsh, who played 96 Tests and 92 ODIs for Australia between 1970 and 1984, suffered a heart attack while being driven in a car to a hotel in Bundaberg shortly after landing in the city in northern Queensland, the Daily Telegraph said. Marsh was in Bundaberg for a charity cricket match for Bulls Masters, a local non-profit organization.

Two Bulls Masters officers were in the car with Marsh and took him to a Bundaberg hospital, the newspaper quoted Bulls Masters boss Jimmy Maher as saying.

“(They) deserve so much credit because the doctor said if they had waited for an ambulance, (Marsh) wouldn’t have made it,” Maher told the newspaper.

“The medical staff at Bundaberg Hospital were wonderful. We are all shocked. It’s terrible.”

The report added that doctors saved Marsh’s life after the cricketer got there in time.

Regarded as one of Australia’s finest wicketkeepers, Marsh retired in 1984 with a then world record 355 layoffs. He is third on Australia’s redundancy list behind Adam Gilchrist (416) and Ian Healy (395).

Marsh later became Australia’s national team selection coach before retiring from that role in 2016.

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley expressed his concern and wished the legendary cricketer all the best.

“We are very concerned about the news about Rod and send him all our best wishes. Our thoughts are with him, his wife Ros and their family and many friends at this difficult time. Rod is one of the most recognizable and loved personalities in the game and we give our thanks and appreciation to those who care about him,” said Hockley.

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