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WA offers Marsh family state memorial

Rod Marsh state memorial
Cricket great Rod Marsh died on March 4 in Adelaide. Photo: Getty
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The Western Australian government has offered the family of cricket great Rod Marsh a state memorial service.

Marsh, who was born in the Perth suburb of Armadale in 1947, is expected to be laid to rest in South Australia, where he lived.

The memorial service, to commemorate his life and career and his legacy to WA cricket, will likely be held in April if the family accepts.

Marsh died on March 4, aged 74, in an Adelaide hospital after suffering a heart attack in Queensland the week before.

A combative wicketkeeper-batsman, Marsh played 96 Test matches for Australia between 1970 and 1984 and 92 one-day internationals.

On retirement, he held Test cricket’s then world record for most wicketkeeping dismissals, 355, and scored three Test centuries in his decorated career.

“Rod Marsh was an Australian legend – synonymous with long hot summers, the iconic WACA ground and the oft-repeated phrase ‘bowled Lillee, caught Marsh’,” Premier Mark McGowan said on Wednesday.

“He will be fondly remembered as one of WA’s cricket greats – one of the best wicketkeepers to ever put on the gloves.

“A state memorial service is a fitting tribute to one of Western Australia’s finest.”

Marsh first honed his cricket skills during battles with his brother in their Perth backyard.

The service could be held at the WACA in East Perth.