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Cricket-former Australian wicketkeeper Marsh dies aged 74

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Australia Nets – Lord?s – 14/7/15 Australia Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh during the Nets Action Images via Reuters/Philip Brown Livepic

March 4, 2022

(Reuters) – Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh has died eight days after suffering a heart attack, Australian media reported on Friday.

Marsh, who played 96 tests and 92 one-day caps in the 1970s and 1980s, was 74 and died in Adelaide after moving closer to his family on Monday.

He was in a medically induced coma after suffering a heart attack on February 24 while en route to a charity event in Bundaberg, Queensland.

Regarded as one of Australia’s finest wicketkeepers, Marsh retired in 1984 with a then world record 355 layoffs.

He is third on Australia’s redundancy list behind Adam Gilchrist (416) and Ian Healy (395).

Marsh later became Australia’s national team selection coach before retiring from that role in 2016.

(Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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