Ponting joins Australia coaching staff

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting will join his former teammate and current head coach Justin Langer among the backroom staff for Australia’s upcoming limited-overs tour of the UK, Cricket Australia announced via a media release on Wednesday.

Ponting has previously coached Australian T20I team, alongside Langer, against Sri Lanka at home in 2017, and with Darren Lehmann for the T20I tri-series against England and New Zealand earlier this year.

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Langer said: “Ricky is one of the greats of the game, and since he was already in England doing some commentary we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series. We have played a lot of cricket together and coached alongside each other previously, and he will also know many of the players already through his work with the team over the past two summers and his BBL commitments.”

He added: “Ricky’s knowledge of the game is second-to-none, and we know that his experiences, tactical expertise and leadership will be invaluable for this group, as we start to build a team capable of winning a World Cup in these conditions in a year’s time.”

Ponting will link with the touring party onJune 10. His exact role in the team’s support staff is yet to be communicated. Australia are scheduled to play five ODIs and a one-off T20I against hosts England.

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