Ponting joins Australia’s coaching staff ahead of World Cup
Former Australian captain and legend Ricky Ponting has joined Australia as their assistant coach for the upcoming World Cup in England.
Ponting is set to join Justin Langer’s coaching team and focus exclusively on ODI batting. As he will be focusing on the World Cup, regular batting coach Graeme Hick will work on the Ashes.
The former Aussie skipper will be joining the squad in the pre-tournament camp in Brisbane in early May before their first World Cup game against Afghanistan.
After being appointed as the assistant coach, Ponting said –
“I’m really excited to be joining the coaching group for this year’s World Cup. I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me. And “I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team, in this year’s World Cup.”
Ponting was the assistant coach of Australia of the T20 side in 2018 and 2017 too. He has also worked with Langer during latter’s first series as Australia’s head coach on the tour of the UK last year.
Head coach Justin Langer is expressed his excitement to work along with Ponting once again.
“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups. I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title. Ricky and I have worked together with the Australian Men’s Team in the past, he is an extremely driven coach who is fully invested in the players development and improving Australian cricket,” he concluded.