Geoff Marsh was born on December 31, 1958, in Northam, Western Australia. He is a right-handed opening batsman and a fine fielder who plays for the Australian National Cricket Team. Marsh’s nickname was the not-very-creative “Swampy.” He graduated from Hale School. His has three children. Eldest Shaun and youngest son Mitchell both are Test players who play for Australia, while his middle child, Melissa, was a Women’s National Basketball League player till the 2013-14 season. His elder son Shaun got a slightly more imaginative name: SOS (Son of Swampy)!
He is the only man in the history of the game to win the cricket World Cup in two roles. He was a member of Australia’s victorious 1987 World Cup-winning squad, and was later the coach when Australia triumphed in 1999.
He was a very successful youth player before making his first class debut as a 19-year old for Western Australia in the 1977–1978 Sheffield Shield season.
Marsh and Taylor entered the record books when they became the first pair to bat for an entire day in England. The duo put on 301 runs on the opening day of the 5th Test at Trent Bridge in 1989. Their partnership was finally broken on the second day, with Marsh being dismissed for 138. Taylor went on to score 219 as Australia piled on 602/6. Australia won the match by an innings and 180 runs.
He played 117 ODIs scoring 4357 runs at an average of 39.98 including 9 tons and 22 fifties. His career best was an unbeaten 126 against New Zealand in Chandigarh during the 1987 World Cup.
He played 50 Tests scoring 2854 runs at an average of 33.18 including 4 tons and 15 fifties. His career best was the 138 he scored in Nottingham in 1989.
Marsh retired from cricket as a player in 1994 before taking up coaching. In July 1996 he was chosen as coach of the Australian national Test and ODI teams. He left the Australian coaching job and soon became a selector for the Australian Cricket Board (now Cricket Australia), although he left this position in 2001 to become coach of the Zimbabwean national team. Marsh continued in this position until 2004 when his contract expired. He was appointed as the head coach for the team Pune Warriors India which made its IPL debut in 2011.
In September 2011, he was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team however, his tenure lasted barely 4 months. After Sri Lanka lost the Test and ODI series on their tour of South Africa in December 2011 and January 2012, he was sacked and replaced by Graham Ford.