Australian cricket great Rod Marsh ‘in the fight of his life’ after major heart attack
Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh is fighting for his life in an induced coma, according to a family statement released on Sunday.
Last week, the 74-year-old had a massive heart attack. The scope of Rod Marsh’s recovery, according to his son Paul, will take some time to become known. On behalf of the family, Paul, the former chief executive of the Australian Cricketers Association and currently CEO of the AFLPA, issued a statement.
“On behalf of my mother Ros and brothers Dan and Jamie, I wanted to provide an update on Dad’s condition. He is currently in the fight of his life and remains in an induced coma in critical condition. At the moment this is a waiting game and we are unlikely to have any certainty for some time. We know there is a lot of interest in Dad’s condition. And our family has been overwhelmed by the messages of love and support from all around the world. Also we have listened to and read every one of them and we are incredibly grateful to everyone,” stated an official statement.
“We also want to thank the Bulls Masters team, and in particular Jimmy Maher, Darren Lehmann, Ian Healy and Allan Border, whose love and care for our family has been extraordinary. The team at the Australian Cricketers’ Association have also been incredible. And we’d like to thank Todd Greenberg, Kelly Applebee and Justine Whipper for their support. We’d also like to thank the ICU team at Bundaberg Hospital for their outstanding care and support,” he added.
Rod Marsh represented Australia in 96 Tests and 92 One-Day Internationals. He had 355 dismissals when he retired in 1984.
He is Australia’s third-highest wicketkeeper in terms of dismissals, after only Adam Gilchrist (416) and Ian Healy (395).
Marsh went on to serve as a selector for Australia’s national teams before retiring in 2016.