Cricketing legend Rod Marsh dies aged 74 after heart attack




Former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh has died, aged 74, eight days after suffering a heart attack, according to media reports.

Marsh died in Adelaide on Friday after suffering a heart attack in Bundaberg last Thursday.

He played 96 Tests for Australia between 1970 and 1984 as one of the country’s best players and was disallowed because he chose to play World Series Cricket.

Marsh was in Bundaberg for a cricket event when he suffered a major heart attack and was rushed to hospital.

He was transferred to a hospital in Adelaide earlier this week.

Australia captain Pat Cummins said earlier this week that he and his team-mates had Marsh in their thoughts ahead of the first Test, which is due to start in Rawalpindi on Friday.

“We followed from afar,” he said.

“We all rally behind him, his family and (Marsh’s wife) Ros.”

“Many players and staff have had a very good relationship with Rod in the past,” Cummins said.

“Obviously we wish him all the best. It’s really difficult. It has certainly been a topic of conversation here. We all gather around him.

On Sunday, Marsh’s son Paul said his family had been “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of concern for his father.

Marsh had a flair for the spectacular as a batsman and wicketkeeper and his partnership with Dennis Lillee was the best we’ve ever seen – no duo in the game’s history has combined for more dismissals.

“As players they were a captain’s dream,” wrote Ian Chappell in a combined biography of the pair.

“On the one hand, a fast and talented bowler who, with a big heart, was always ready to give a last push for his team… On the other, a man whose skill with the gloves could lift a team with a catch brilliant or who could offer some tactical advice that could turn a game in favor of the team.

Upon his retirement, Marsh had a brief stint in the Nine commentary box but was sacked by Kerry Packer for criticizing the number of one-day matches on the schedule.

He then moved into coaching and player development with great success – taking over as head coach of the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide in the 1990s and early 2000s, where he was integral to the careers of Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Brett. Lee and others.

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