Rod marsh was in critical condition following a heart attack
Rod Marsh, the legendary Australian wicketkeeper, died of a heart attack at the age of 74. Marsh became unwell on his way to a charity cricket tournament in Queensland last Thursday.
From 1970 to 1984, he made 355 dismissals in 96 Test outings for Australia, a world record at the time of his retirement. He also played 92 one-day internationals and was the head of selectors for Australia’s men’s team until 2016. Marsh is Australia’s all-time dismissal leader, with 416 dismissals to Adam Gilchrist’s 416 and Ian Healy’s 395.
Marsh was regarded as a “absolute icon” of the sport by Australia Test legend Mark Waugh. “You wouldn’t meet a more honest, down to earth, kind-hearted person,” Waugh remarked. “I had the pleasure of working with Rod for a number of years as a selector.”
David Hussey, a former Australia one-day international, paid tribute to Rod on Twitter, writing: “Rod will be missed.” “‘Cricket is a basic game made complicated,’ he once said, and that still rings true for me.”
Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate❤️— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 4, 2022
Gilchrist, a former Australian keeper, said he was “proud” of his country “”I felt he was unstoppable,” she continued. He was my greatest hero, heroism, and inspiration for doing what I did. He had a huge influence on my life.”
Shane Watson, an ex-Australian all-rounder, said he “wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Rod and his great ability to know how to get the best out of every young cricketer.”
Marsh was regarded as “a terrific man who helped put me and many others on the correct path in our early years and taught me what it takes to play international cricket” by ex-England bowler Chris Tremlett.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is a keen cricket fan, wrote on Twitter that Marsh would be remembered as “one of Australia’s greatest ever Test cricket players”.
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