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Rodney William Marsh MBE (born 4 November 1947) is an Australian former professional cricketer who played as a wicketkeeper for the Australia national team.

Australian cricket great Rod Marsh in critical condition after suffering heart attack

Australian cricket great Rod Marsh in critical condition after suffering heart attack
Australian cricket great Rod Marsh in critical condition after suffering heart attack

Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh is in critical condition in a Queensland hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The former wicketkeeper was in Bundaberg for an event for the Bulls Masters charity group before Marsh was reportedly rushed to hospital by Bulls Masters organisers John Glanville and David Hillier.

“A 74-year-old male presented to Bundaberg Hospital with cardiac symptoms, and is currently in a critical condition,” A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said. 

Bulls Masters boss Jimmy Maher told News Corp it was lucky Glanville and Hillier acted as quickly as they did.

“John and Dave deserve so much credit because the doctor said if they had waited for an ambulance he would not have made it,” Bulls Masters boss Jimmy Maher told News Corp.

“Rod landed at 10:05am and rang me from the car at about 10:30am.

“He said he could not wait to have a beer with me.

“Then soon [after] Dave rang me from the car and told me what had happened. It’s devastating.”

Allan Border and Darren Lehmann have joined Maher in the hospital waiting room, with Marsh’s family making their way to Queensland with his wife Ros coming from Adelaide.

“Thinking of the Marsh family and the wider cricketing community,” ex-cricketer John Hastings tweeted.

“Such a loved man by so many. Sending love and prayers. Sad news today.”

WA Cricket also released a statement from CEO Christina Matthews.

“We’re deeply concerned to hear of Rod Marsh’s medical emergency after suffering a major heart attack,” the statement read.

“On behalf of WA Cricket staff and players, and the wider cricket community, I would like to pass on our heartfelt thoughts to Rod and his family.

“He’s a much-loved husband and father – and remains one of the wicket-keeping greats of our game.

“We hope he’s able to make a full and speedy recovery.”

Marsh played 96 Tests for Australia between 1970 and 1984, snaring 355 dismissals behind the stumps.

The 74-year-old also previously served as Australia’s chairman of selectors before stepping down in 2016.

Rod Marsh Biography, Wiki

One of the finest wicket-keepers to have graced the game, Rod Marsh was one of Australian cricket’s gems in the 1970s. Throughout his long career, he forged inimitable combinations with several legendary bowlers, Dennis Lillee being his best partner-in-crime.

A quick-footed man behind the stumps, Rod’s career was a proof of how dedication and hard work can overcome raw talent any given day. In the domestic circuit, he hardly got much opportunities as a gloveman and was instead picked as a pure batsman.

His skills with the willow ensured that he remained on the selectors’ radar most of the time and was eventually picked in 1970 for the Ashes series at home. His selection did create a furore with many doubting his wicket-keeping credentials. True to the fact, he was a rusty gloveman at the start but once he got going, there was only improvement in sight.

Right from his Western Australia days, Rod was a highly respected figure both among his peers and the fans. Discipline and work ethics meant the world to him – a fact that underlined his international career throughout.

Even as he rose to be a great wicket-keeper, his batting skills also came to the fore many a time, often under crisis situations. Unlike the modern era, the wicketkeepers in those days were primarily required to only be a good gloveman – runs with the bat termed as a bonus. Yet, Rod was good enough to be picked as a batsman alone, considering his caliber.

When at the peak of his powers, he chose to join the breakaway World Series Cricket, organized by Kerry Packer and did extremely well. After the success, he smoothly got back to international cricket and continued to excel for the country.

Rod Marsh Biography Wikipedia
Rod Marsh
Full nameRodney William Marsh
Born4 November 1947 (age 74)
Armadale, Western Australia
NicknameBacchus, Iron Gloves
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleWicket-keeper
RelationsGraham Marsh (brother)
Daniel Marsh (son)

Rod Marsh Career

At 12 Marsh was chosen for the Western Australian schoolboys’ team, a side that he captained the following year. He then joined West Perth District Club, the beginning of tremendously hard work. Marsh used to travel 18 miles on Saturdays to play for a junior side in the morning and in senior grades in the afternoon.

Marsh made his debut for West Perth’s first XI as a specialist batsman, as regular wicketkeeper Gordon Becker also played in the match. He then joined the University club in order to improve his keeping skills.

Marsh made his First-Class debut for Western Australia against the touring West Indian team in the year 1968 as a No. 5 batsman. He failed in the first innings but made amends with a fine 104 in the second against an attack containing Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, and Garry Sobers.

Marsh was picked for his first Test in Brisbane against England in 1970-71 more for his batting than his wicketkeeping. Australia had a horror tour of South Africa in the previous series. Marsh’s inclusion was a part of selectors’ decision to pick a keeper who could beef up the batting order.

That Marsh was a better batsman than keeper remained no secret as he started playing. The media was particularly severe to him and pulled him up for shoddy glovework in the early part of his career. He famously got the title “Iron Gloves” after he missed a number of catches.

However, he improved his wicketkeeping skills by leaps and bounds as his career progressed. He took a few stunners during his career.

Rod Marsh Honors

Marsh was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1981 and inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985. He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame by the CA.

Rod Marsh FAQ’s

Who is Rod Marsh?

Rodney William Marsh MBE (born 4 November 1947) is an Australian former professional cricketer who played as a wicketkeeper for the Australia national team.

What happened to Rod Marsh?

Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh is in critical condition in a Queensland hospital after suffering a heart attack.

How old is Rod Marsh?

Rod Marsh is currently 73 years old.

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