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Rod Marsh

Thick-set in build and combative in approach, Rodney Marsh remains one of the most respected wicketkeepers to have ever played international cricket. Part of the Australian Test Team from 1970 to 1984, he played 96 Test Matches for Australia and in...

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Rod Marsh's Biography

Thick-set in build and combative in approach, Rodney Marsh remains one of the most respected wicketkeepers to have ever played international cricket. Part of the Australian Test Team from 1970 to 1984, he played 96 Test Matches for Australia and in addition, scored in excess of 3600 runs.
During a Test career which bridged a period of 14 years until his retirement in 1983-84, he collected a then world-record tally of 355 dismissals; the combination of his concentration, athleticism and highly skilled glovework earning him enormous admiration among spectators and fellow players alike. Rod Marsh enjoyed no easy passage to the top - he was forced to cool his heels at first-class level as a specialist batsman initially and then endured strident criticism when he was promoted to the national team ahead of the popular Brian Taber - but there was little argument about his credentials in either arena thereafter.
Although he did not cut the perfect athletic figure, Rod Marsh was nimble-footed and his capacity to move acrobatically to intercept errant deliveries and catches was a constant feature. He was an invaluable player for both Western Australia and Australia, and the inextricability of his association with the fast bowler Dennis Lillee - the dismissal "caught Marsh bowled Lillee" was recorded 95 times in Tests - is one of the legends of cricket in their country. Apart from his wicketkeeping talents, he was also an excellent batsman in his own right, scoring three Test centuries, and his forceful strokeplay lay at the core of many stubborn Australian lower-order performances.
After retirement, Rod Marsh enhanced his already glowing reputation with a fruitful stint as the head of the Australian Cricket Academy at Adelaide, and in 2002, Rod accepted the director's role of the old enemy's new National Academy. A year later one of the toughest men to play for Australia was appointed an England selector, and he has made useful contributions to the country's on-field renaissance. Rod stepped down from both roles in September 2005, and has returned to Adelaide.
Rod Marsh has spoken at and hosted numerous Corporate and Sports functions across Australia and the United Kingdom. Rod's acute sense of humour, honesty and abundance of stories from years of touring with the Australian Cricket Team makes him an entertaining guest. His style also ensures that he appeals to people from a non-sporting lifestyle.
After his cricket career, Rod Marsh worked in Sales and Sales Promotion in both Service and Retail industries. Rod also developed a career as a media commentator and is well known to viewers of the National Nine Network Sports Coverage.