Rod Marsh passes away age 74
One of Australian cricket's greatest ever servant's to the game Rod Marsh has passed away at the age of 74.
Marsh suffered a massive heart attack eight days earlier on his way to a charity event in Queensland and was transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital on Wednesday in a serious but stable condition.
Marsh played 74 Test matches and 92 one-day internationals for Australia in a career that spanned 14-years.
Marsh made his debut for WA in the 1968-69 season and went on to play 257 first-class matches, scoring 11,067 runs at 31.17 and completing 869 dismissals before his retirement in 1984.
Cricket Australia CEO Dr Lachlan Henderson paid tribute to Marsh on Friday.
“Rod will be forever remembered for the way he played the game and the pleasure he brought crowds as a member of some great Australian teams. ‘Caught Marsh, bowled Lillee’ has iconic status in our game." Henderson said.
“Rod also made an enormous contribution to the game by identifying, coaching and mentoring many future stars in his various roles as coach and director at cricket academies in Australia and other cricket playing nations."
Australia will wear black arm bands on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan.
Marsh leaves his wife Ros and sons Dan, who captained Tasmania to their first Sheffield Shield win, Paul, a former CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, and Jamie.