Geoff Marsh appointed new Sri Lanka coach

Geoff Marsh comes as a replacement for Australian Trevor Bayliss, who stepped down after the team’s World Cup final defeat to India in April Getty Images

Colombo: Sep 23, 2011

Former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh was today named Sri Lanka’s head coach, succeeding compatriot Trevor Bayliss who stepped down after the World Cup in April.

Marsh, who was previously attached with the Zimbabwean team, has given up his current job with IPL side Pune Warriors for the two-year term with Sri Lanka.

After Bayliss’ departure, Sri Lanka experimented with his deputy Stuart Law and Rumesh Ratnayake.

Marsh was in Sri Lanka to watch his son Shaun score a debut Test hundred earlier this month.

Marsh played 50 Tests and 119 ODIs for Australia. He was a member of the World Cup winning side in 1987.

He became a level 3 qualified coach after retirement and was incharge of Australia from 1995 to 1999, becoming the first cricketer to win the World Cup both as player and coach.

He took over as coach of Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2004 and also worked as a national selector for the Australian team. (PTI)