Sri Lanka news September 10, 2011

Geoff Marsh in talks about Sri Lanka coaching role

Geoff Marsh, the former Australia batsman and coach, has confirmed discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket about the possibility of becoming national coach.

In Pallekele to witness his son Shaun's century on Test debut, Marsh has been weighing up the possibility of taking over the position vacated by Trevor Bayliss following the 2011 World Cup. Sri Lanka has since been under interim coaches, first Bayliss' assistant Stuart Law in England and then the former Sri Lanka fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake in this series against Australia

Graham Ford, the former South Africa coach, was also sounded out about the role but reportedly declined. Marsh said that his former Australia team-mate Tom Moody, who coached Sri Lanka before Bayliss, had also been engaged in discussions.

"They had a word but nothing's come of it. I'm here totally focused on the Test match, but they've had a word to quite a few people," Marsh said.

"Definitely nothing formal, no. I may consider it but we'll just see how things go. You've got the IPL and all that to take into consideration, a lot of things, there's my job back at home. So they've spoken to Tom Moody and a whole heap of people, so we'll see how that all pans out."

Marsh played 50 Tests for Australia and then coached the national team for four years. He also worked as the coach of Zimbabwe and is presently with the IPL franchise Pune Warriors.

The Sri Lankans have not won in nine Tests since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan. They appear in need of a strong hand in the backroom to deliver stability and direction to a team that is in transition following the loss of Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. The batsmen in particular failed to give a worthy account of themselves against Australia, rolled for 105 and 174 in two first innings in Galle and Pallekele.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lakmal on September 10, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    please come hereand teach our guys how to play proper test cricket.they seem to have forgotten it.welcome sir!

  • Rajaram on September 10, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Like the Adidas Ad says, - IT's A JOB.Aussies Troy Cooley, David Saker coached England.Jon Buchanan "advised" England. John is now Director of New Zealand Cricket. Greg Chappell, John Wright,Gary Kirsten,Duncan Fletcher coached India.Tom Moody,Trevor Bayliss coached Sri Lanka.Geoff Lawson coached Pakistan.

  • chandana on September 10, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    SL will struggle to get a good coach as long as the POLITICAL SLC BOARD is in power. Of late particularly after the Sanga speech and the new laws to divorce boards from governments the Asian countries have been under spotlight. Already Pakistan is looking for a coach, which Ramiez has stated will be a difficult proposition. Wonder why Moody is being looked at ; he left in a jiffy after a few years once SL made WC finals having made a name. Ford would have been good to give our boys a different taste of South African style discipline. Whoever comes has a lot of talent to work with; its a matter of directing the energy towards a team goal and working hard. When i see the photos of our former physio Alex now occupying the OZ bench, it is clear the best team we had was in '96 Whatmore , Alex and another Auzzy whose name i forget; they changed the way we trained and played the game. Add to that the volatile no nonsense character ARJUNA and we were champions ! Oh the glory days.....

  • Tom on September 10, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @Aaron. How is it disloyal to talk to a board? He didn't say he'd take the job and even if we does, does that make every Australian who's worked in another country disloyal? I think the word you're looking for is professional.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Oh how disloyal. I find that poor.

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