Friday 23 September 2011 

Marsh Named New Sri Lanka Coach

Marsh Named New Sri Lanka Coach
Marsh Named New Sri Lanka Coach
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Former Australian international Geoff Marsh has been appointed as the new coach of Sri Lanka on a two-year contract.

Marsh, 52, played 50 Tests and 119 One-Day Internationals for Australia between 1985 and 1992 and has previously coached Australia and Zimbabwe.

"With his vast coaching and playing experience at the highest levels, Sri Lanka Cricket is confident that he would be an ideal choice for the post of Sri Lanka national team head coach," a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) statement read.

Marsh succeeds compatriots Stuart Law and Trevor Bayliss. Bayliss stood down following the World Cup final defeat to India before Law - his erstwhile assistant - took over on a temporary basis to cover the tour to England before taking up a position with Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka, who have just been beaten in ODI and Test series at home by Australia, are next in action when they travel to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan.

That tour, which comprises three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 International, gets underway on 18th October with the opening Test.

Marsh won the World Cup with Australia in 1987 and then went on to coach them to success in the same competition in 1999.

He coached Zimbabwe between 2001 and 2004 and was also in charge of the Pune Warriors in the 2011 Indian Premier League (IPL).

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