Australian cricketer Rodney Marsh dies at age 74

Australian cricket great and the wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh who formed a prolific wicket-taking partnership with pace bowler Dennis Lillee, has passed away. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Friday confirmed Marsh, who played 96 test matches for Australia from 1970 to 1984, had died in an Adelaide hospital. He was 74. He died a week after suffering a heart attack during a fundraising event in Queensland state.

A left-handed batter, he was the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a century in test cricket and finished his career with three. He also played 92 one-day internationals for Australia before retiring from top-flight cricket in February 1984. He later led the national cricket academies in Australia and in England and was the inaugural head of the International Cricket Council’s world coaching academy in Dubai. In 2014, he was appointed as Australia’s chairman of selectors and held the position for two years. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

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