Australia news April 2, 2013

Daniel Marsh to coach Tasmania

Daniel Marsh, the former Tasmania captain, has been entrusted with maintaining a dynasty he played a large part in starting by taking over from the highly successful Tigers coach Tim Coyle for next summer.

Sheffield Shield Champions Tasmania named Marsh after he beat other contenders, including the Victoria assistant coach Simon Helmot, for the role of guiding the Tigers in Coyle's wake.

Widely credited with helping Coyle to build the state's successful team culture and consistently high performance levels when he was captain, 39-year-old Marsh has recently worked as an assistant with the Tigers, replacing Michael Di Venuto when he was called up to mentor Australia's batsmen earlier this year.

Marsh has also spent time at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, and was employed on the 2012 Australia A tour of England as a batting coach.

Coyle's decision to retire from the Tasmanian coaching job at the conclusion of the 2012-13 summer ended a fruitful eight-year tenure that reaped three Sheffield Shields, two domestic one day titles and numerous international call-ups - among players and coaches - for a state that was once defined by the batting of David Boon and Ricky Ponting.

While Coyle's exit will leave a considerable gulf, the choice of Marsh to replace him should ensure a continuation of the same sound principles that have guided cricket in the state. Under Marsh's captaincy, Tasmania lifted their first Shield in 2007 and also won domestic limited overs finals in 2006 and 2008.

Marsh gave up the leadership in 2009, and his successor George Bailey has often spoken of his predecessor's influence. "Dan Marsh is someone that has had a profound influence on my cricket," Bailey said last year. "I will forever be trying to emulate how he thought about the game and how he analysed it, and I think I'll fail dismally. But he was someone who I always enjoyed talking with about cricket.

"He made people feel very comfortable about the cricketer they were, understood the game to the nth degree. He was very level-headed and never got ahead of himself, never got too up when we were winning or too down when we lost - all pretty great characteristics."

The appointment maintains the Marsh family's considerable influence over Australian cricket. Daniel Marsh's father Rod Marsh is a national selector and overseer to all domestic coaches, while another son, Paul, is chief executive of the Australian Cricketers Association.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Roo on April 4, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Daniel is probably one of the best Shield captains over more recent decades (if not the best) - not the greatest of players, but his reading of his players, opposition & the game at various stages was highly skilled... Bailey is a similar type of captain - strong & sure & not emotionally tied into the game - unlike Watto & other senior players in some teams who let themselves down...

    Tassie have lost Coyle, Di Venuto, de Winter whom are hard to replace, but Marsh will fill a large part of that void... With their continuing well picked selection of players (imports) I expect them to be a force in SS for many years to come...

  • Prasanna on April 2, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    wondering why and how we keep overlooking our own legends for top jobs and look elsewhere . Cant help the feeling that Boof or Coyle would have done a better job than what MA currently does !!

  • Ronald on April 2, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Congratulations to Marsh. He has some big shoes to fill but i'm sure he is up to the task. Perhaps Mickey Arthur could pick up some hints from the winning culture that Coyle developed. It seems to be what is missing from the Australian team.