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Former Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh in ‘fight of a lifetime’

Australian cricket great Rod Marsh was “in the fight of his life” on Monday after being placed in an artificial coma last week following a massive heart attack, his family said.

The 74-year-old wicket-keeper, who played 96 Tests and later served as the national selector for a long time, was hospitalized after he collapsed during a charity event in the state of Queensland.

His son Paul said his condition was “critical”.

“He is currently in the fight of his life and is still in an artificial coma,” he said in a statement released late Sunday.

“At the moment we have to wait and see and it is unlikely that we will have certainty in a while.

“We know there is a lot of interest in Father’s condition and our family has been overwhelmed by the messages of love and support from around the world,” he added.

Marsh remains one of the best wicketkeepers to ever play international cricket, collecting what was then a world record of 355 Test dismissals.

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