Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh has been rushed to hospital after reportedly suffering a massive heart attack.

According to The Australian, Marsh remains in a critical condition after his heart stopped beating for several minutes on Thursday morning.

He was reportedly in Bundaberg for a charity event, suffering the heart attack while travelling to a hotel in a car with Bulls Masters officials John Glanville and David Hillier.

“John and Dave deserve so much credit because the doctor said if they had waited for an ambulance he would not have made it,’’ Bulls Masters boss Jimmy Maher told The Australian.

“The medical staff at the Bundaberg Hospital were wonderful. We are all shocked. It’s terrible.”

“I could not believe it. Rod landed at 10.05am and rang me from the car at about 10.30. He said he could not wait to have a beer with me.”

“Then soon Dave rang me from the car and told me what had happened. It’s devastating.’’

The family of the 74-year-old are on their way to Queensland to be with him while he recovers.

Rod Marsh represented Australia in 96 Test matches and 92 ODIs between 1970 and 1984, and scored 3633 Test runs and claimed 343 catches during a stellar international career.

Following his retirement in 1984, Marsh continued contributing to the cricket community as a coach, commentator and national selector, before being inducted into the Cricket Australia Hall of Fame in 2005 and the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

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