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Rod Marsh to deliver Cowdrey Lecture

Marsh at Lord's in 2013
Marsh at Lord's in 2013

Rod Marsh will deliver the fifteenth MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Tuesday 1 September, 2015.

He will become the fourth Australian to give the speech after Simon Taufel (2013), Adam Gilchrist (2009) and Richie Benaud – who gave the inaugural Cowdrey Lecture in 2001.

Marsh, who replaced John Inverarity as Cricket Australia National Selector in May last year, currently sits on the MCC World Cricket committee alongside Kumar Sangakkara, who delivered the Cowdrey Lecture in 2011.

After Marsh’s address, a question and answer session with him and a selected panel will discuss topics arising from the Lecture and other issues prevalent in world cricket.

Other previous MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecturers have included Sunil Gavaskar in 2003, the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu in 2008, and Sir Ian Botham in 2014.

Rod Marsh played 96 Tests and 92 One Day Internationals for Australia during a fourteen-year career – including five England v Australia Tests at Lord’s.

He also set a world record of 355 wicket-keeping dismissals in Tests.

Since retiring in 1984, Marsh has continued to play a key role in Australian cricket, helping produce players like Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath at the famous Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide.

He has also worked with the England & Wales Cricket Board as National Academy Director and with the Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

MCC President David Morgan said: “Rod Marsh is a popular and well-respected man in cricket and it is a pleasure to announce him as this year’s MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecturer.

"This event has attracted some of the biggest and most interesting characters in the game, and Rod is no different.

"This is an extremely important date for MCC and I have no doubt Rod will have some very interesting things to say about our ever-evolving sport.”

Ticket information for the event will be released in due course.

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