Australia’s legendary wicketkeeper-batsman, Rodney Marsh passed away yesterday at the age of 74 years.
He suffered a massive heart attack in Queensland. He was battling many illnesses recently.
Marsh came onto the Australian cricket scene in the 1970s and played till 1984.
He made his debut in the Ashes series of 1970/71.
He made a good pairing with another legendary fast bowler of the time Dennis Lillee. ‘Caught Marsh, bowled Lillee’ was a very common and catchy phrase during that time.
It was recorded 95 times which is the highest in the sport to date.
Marsh, in the domestic circuit, made his debut for Western Australia in 1968-69.
After his retirement in ’84, he turned a national selector and then head of the selection panel from 2014 till 2016.
He played 96 Tests and 92 ODIs for Australia during his cricketing career.
Rod Marsh has several accolades to his name as well. He was a Member of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Sport Australia’s Hall of Fame and ICC Hall of Fame. He also received the Order of the British Empire in 1981 for his services in the sport of cricket.
He has left behind his wife and three sons.
Cricket Australia and all Australian players gave their condolences on the passing away of Marsh and recalled his achievements and his role in training future Australian players.
Dr Lachlan Henderson and Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins recalled Marsh in their own special ways.
They expressed their sympathies to the family of Marsh as well.