Jack Marsh (c. 1874 – 1916) was a first-class cricketer of
Australian aboriginal descent whose career was curtailed by continual
controversy surrounding the legality of his bowling action. Born into
the Bundjalung people at Yulgilbar in New South Wales, he first made an
impression as a professional runner before playing club cricket in
Sydney. In a trial match against the New South Wales state team in 1900,
he dismissed two Test cricketers but was called for throwing; he then
bowled with his arm in splints to prove that his action was legitimate.
Having topped the bowling averages in the local competition, Marsh was
selected to make his debut in the Sheffield Shield. He made an immediate
impression and led the first-class bowling averages for the season after
three matches. He was no-balled in his second match and then seventeen
times in his fourth match, leading to angry crowd demonstrations. Marsh
only played in two more first-class matches and he was passed over for
selection for Australia because of his action. Regarded as one of the
outstanding talents of his era, his lack of opportunities has often been
attributed to racial discrimination.
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