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

Rod Marsh


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…