Rod Marsh: Legendary Australia wicketkeeper dies aged 74 after coronary heart assault

Rod Marsh

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Marsh was added to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009

Legendary Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh has died aged 74 after suffering a heart attack.

Marsh was taken ill last Thursday while travelling to a charity cricket match in Queensland.

He effected 355 dismissals – a world record at the time of his retirement – in 96 Test appearances for Australia from 1970 to 1984.

He also played 92 one-day internationals and served as Australia men’s chairman of selectors until 2016.

Marsh is third on Australia’s all-time dismissals list behind Adam Gilchrist with 416 and Ian Healy’s 395.

Marsh would go on to form a formidable partnership with fast bowler Dennis Lillee, with the pair combining for a record 95 Test dismissals.

However, he had a difficult start to his Test career and was nicknamed “Iron Gloves” during his first series against England in 1970-71.

He came close to a maiden century during that Ashes series, making an unbeaten 92 in Melbourne before captain Bill Lawry declared with…

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