Aim is to rebuild Sri Lanka, says new coach Marsh

Former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh has been named Sri Lanka's coach on a two-year contract, the country's cricket board said yesterday. "He (Marsh) takes up his new assignment on September 27," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

In the hot seat: Former Australia batsman Geoff Marsh

"With his vast coaching and playing experience at the highest level, Sri Lanka Cricket is confident that he would be an ideal choice." The former Australian opener, 52, scored 2,854 runs in 50 Tests and 4,357 in 117 one-dayers before he quit international cricket in 1992. Sri Lanka have been without a regular coach since Australian Trevor Bayliss stepped down after guiding the team to the World Cup final in April.

Sri Lanka appointed Stuart Law as an interim coach for the England tour and then former paceman Rumesh Ratnayake for the recent home series against Australia. Law quit in July to coach Bangladesh.

Marsh told ESPN Cricinfo that his immediate job was to rebuild the team following the loss of several veterans over the past two years. "I'm going in with the same support team that they've had there. They've had things pretty well organised," Marsh said. "What I bring is a lot of hard work, and working on the basic skills of the game, and good communication with the players and making sure they understand their roles."

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