Rod Marsh, an Australian cricket icon, is recovering in a Queensland hospital after having a heart attack. The former wicketkeeper was in Bundaberg for a charity event hosted by the Bulls Masters.
“John and Dave deserve so much credit because the doctor said if they had waited for an ambulance he would not have made it,” Bulls Masters boss Jimmy Maher told News Corp.
“Rod landed at 10.05 am and rang me from the car at about 10.30. He said he could not wait to have a beer with me.
“Then soon (after) Dave rang me from the car and told me what had happened. It’s devastating.”
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said: “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.”
Organizers of the Bulls Masters, John Glanville and David Hillier, are said to have rushed Marsh to the hospital.
Marsh represented Western Australia in 97 first-class games, and WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews wished him a speedy recovery.
“We’re deeply concerned to hear of Rod Marsh’s medical emergency after suffering a major heart attack,” she said.
“On behalf of WA Cricket staff and players, and the wider cricket community, I would like to pass on our heartfelt thoughts to Rod and his family.
“He’s a much-loved husband and father – and remains one of the wicket-keeping greats of our game.”
Between 1970 and 1984, Marsh appeared in 96 Tests for Australia, with 355 dismissals behind the wickets. Before stepping down in 2016, the 74-year-old also served as Australia’s head of selectors.