Rod Marsh was remembered as “a colossal figure” in Australian cricket who gave close to 50 years of service to the sport as tributes poured on Friday in after he died following a heart attack at a charity event last week.

The 74-year-old, who played 96 tests and was later a national selector, had been in an induced coma and passed away peacefully in an Adelaide hospital on Friday morning, his family confirmed.

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