Legendary Australian wicketkeeper was rushed to a Queensland hospital on Thursday aft the suffered a serious heart attack. Marsh, 74, reached the hospital just in time with the doctors reportedly claiming that the former cricketer would not have made it had he waited for an ambulance.
Marsh, who played 96 Tests and 92 ODIs for Australia between 1970 and 1984, had a heart attack when being driven in a car to a hotel in Bundaberg soon after landing in the city in northern Queensland state, the Daily Telegraph said. Marsh was in Bundaberg for a charity cricket match for Bulls Masters, a local non-profit organisation.
Two officials from Bulls Masters were in the car with Marsh and drove him to a Bundaberg hospital, the paper quoted Bulls Masters boss Jimmy Maher as saying.
“(They) deserve so much credit because the doctor said if they had waited for an ambulance (Marsh) would not have made it,” Maher told the paper.
“The medical staff at the Bundaberg Hospital were wonderful. We are all shocked. It’s terrible.”
The report added that the doctors saved Marsh’s life after the cricketer reached there in time.
Regarded as one of Australia’s finest wicketkeepers, Marsh retired in 1984 with a then-world record tally of 355 dismissals. He is third on Australia’s all-time dismissals list behind Adam Gilchrist (416) and Ian Healy (395).
Marsh later became a selector for Australia’s national teams before retiring from the role in 2016.
Expressing his concern, Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley wished the best for the legendary cricketer.
“We are very concerned to hear the news about Rod and send him all our best wishes. Our thoughts are with him, his wife Ros and their family and many friends at this difficult time. Rod is one of the most iconic and popular figures in the game and we thank and acknowledge those who are looking after him,” Hockley said.