Geoff Marsh keeps it all in the family with a hat-trick of baggy green caps.
What he said:
Geoff Marsh is pleased as punch to present the baggy green cap to his second son, Mitch, who made his debut for Australia against Pakistan in the first Test at Dubai on the 22nd of October.
Marsh’s elder son, Shaun, was bestowed the honour by his father in 2011.
“It was quite tough, really. It was a real honour to be asked to do it. It was just pleasing, more pleasing that he’s got the opportunity to play Test cricket.
I’m pleased for both my boys. They followed me around while I was playing Test cricket and coaching Australia. Deep down you could see it in their eyes they wanted to follow in those footsteps and now they’ve both been given that opportunity. Hopefully there’s a lot of cricket left in them.”
On Michael Clarke’s assertion that Mitch could be a future captain:
“It’s nice to hear the Australian captain say things like that.I said to Mitch you’ve just got to take every day in Test cricket one day at a time. Test cricket puts out a lot of challenges, you’ve got to meet those challenges and you only do that through good focus and concentration and working hard.
He’s only a young boy. He thinks about the game a lot. We’ll just wait and see. He’s got to get through a lot of hurdles. He’s only young, hopefully he can just perform well and consistent and see what happens after that.”
What Geoff Marsh really meant:
“It would have been even better if the Australian side were simply a Marsh XI.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Hindsight is eleven-eleven.”