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Was probably the first of the modern idiom of “batsmen who can keep a bit” when he was first picked for Australia, hence his original nickname of “Irongloves”. He obviously rectified this weakness over the years and was the only wicketkeeper for Australia for pretty much my entire youth. I certainly remember him as a bit patchy as a batsman, but when he had his day it was spectacular. Brendon McCullum would be the closest thing in modern day cricket for those who didn’t see Marsh play, although Gilchrist might have been both technically and stylistically closer, being a back foot square of the wicket counter-attacking left-hander….

I think, more importantly he was (along with Dennis Lillee, Ian Chappell and Max Walker) the soul of the Australian team of that era. The team in the late sixties and early seventies wasn’t as strong as some earlier iterations and those four were responsible for bringing about a revolution in the way that the team played. They were combative, aggressive in style (occasionally too much so for many tastes) and played and drank hard. It’s certainly possible to argue that they sowed the seeds for some of the pretty unsavoury stuff that followed, but the idea of the “larriken Aussie cricketer” was a very popular one at home at the time.

Probably just as important as anything that Marsh did on the field was his role as mentor for young elite players (he was pivotal in setting up and running the Australian Cricket Academy) and seemingly revered by all those who came into contact with him. He was the “corporate memory” of modern Australian cricket and those shoes are always difficult to fill. RIP.
 
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There's a fascinating book about Kim Hughes (Golden Boy) that inevitably talks about Marsh a lot too and the clashes between them. Most of that was before my cricket watching time but Marsh (and then Boon) always seemed to me the entertaining (as opposed to the AB/Steve Waugh lethal but boring) model of an Aussie cricketer.
 
There's a fascinating book about Kim Hughes (Golden Boy) that inevitably talks about Marsh a lot too and the clashes between them. Most of that was before my cricket watching time but Marsh (and then Boon) always seemed to me the entertaining (as opposed to the AB/Steve Waugh lethal but boring) model of an Aussie cricketer.
I think of AB and Steve Waugh as the current “corporate memory” of Australian cricket. Interestingly, I think that’s now reflected in the team and its attitude. Thoughtful, tough, but from an outsider’s perspective maybe a touch boring!

I can well imagine Kim Hughes clashing with Marsh! They would be almost complete opposites I’d have thought.
 
He kept wicket to Lillie and Thompson of course
Lillie of course was easier than Thompson as at the start of his career even Thompson did not know where the pill was going!
 
I think of AB and Steve Waugh as the current “corporate memory” of Australian cricket. Interestingly, I think that’s now reflected in the team and its attitude. Thoughtful, tough, but from an outsider’s perspective maybe a touch boring!

I can well imagine Kim Hughes clashing with Marsh! They would be almost complete opposites I’d have thought.
If you've not read Golden Boy I think you'd really enjoy it. Here's an interview with Christian Ryan who wrote it:

Writing The Best Cricket Book Ever: Christian Ryan | Interview | Wisden

Ryan also has an amazing piece about Jeff Thompson somewhere.

That makes sense that the AB/Waugh legacy won over the Warne one (rather harder to duplicate that.....).
 
I had to double check the reports as I assumed it must be some sort of mistake but the news appears to have come straight from his management.

I can't believe it. Absolutely awful news. Profoundly sad.

Such a titanic figure and so young. This will take a while to digest.
 
His first ball in a test match in England in 1993 was possibly the greatest ball ever bowled in test cricket.

RIP and Rod Marsh too, also a legendary Aussie cricketer.
 
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It really is just unbelievably shocking. Definitely someone who lived a lot of life in his time, but still.

I was watching on TV when he bowled the Gatting ball. I remember Benaud saying just before 'you'll enjoy Shane Warne'...
 
He's been an ever-present figure of fear, wonder and immense respect in the lives of a generation of cricket fans. Seems like only yesterday that he was still playing.

I shall do my best to find a tinnie of VB and raise it in his honour this evening.
 
In 2019 at the 5th Test at The Oval, my son and wife went out back just after lunch to grab some additional water supplies whilst I carried on with my patriotic duties. Whilst doing so they noticed Warnie queuing up for some fish and chips during one of his breaks from commentary. There were plenty of English fans asking if he would do a selfie with them, but they received a polite but firm “oh, come on guys… I’m just trying to get something to eat!”, until he noticed a young sixteen year old proudly dressed in his Australian kit in the throng. He immediately laughed “Yeah come on, I’ll do one with you though!”

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We're all just waking up Down Under to this terrible news. Went to bed messaging Mr Carrington about Rod Marsh. Woke up to Mark's message about Shane Warne. Can't believe it.
 
In 2019 at the 5th Test at The Oval, my son and wife went out back just after lunch to grab some additional water supplies whilst I carried on with my patriotic duties. Whilst doing so they noticed Warnie queuing up for some fish and chips during one of his breaks from commentary. There were plenty of English fans asking if he would do a selfie with them, but they received a polite but firm “oh, come on guys… I’m just trying to get something to eat!”, until he noticed a young sixteen year old proudly dressed in his Australian kit in the throng. He immediately laughed “Yeah come on, I’ll do one with you though!”

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I watched Warne & some other Aussie rogue (Glenn McGrath) pull up two chairs at the Rose Bowl. Then they sat there signing autographs for an ever growing queue of youngsters, for an age.
 
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