Ponting named Australia’s assistant coach for T20I series

It’s only about few days ago when Ricky Ponting was named as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Now the former Australian captain has also been named as the assistant coach of Australia for the T20I tri-series in February.

According to some recent reports, it is quite known to everyone that Australia was eager to appoint Ponting as their head coach. Though it isn’t happening, but they are set to have him as an assistant coach in their upcoming T20I series.

Ponting has held the role previously as well when he was working with Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer during the T20I series against Sri Lanka, while Darren Lehmann and others were in India preparing for the Test series.

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Ponting said in a press conference that he wants to spend his whole life in T20 cricket now: “I seem to spend my whole life around Twenty20 cricket now with commentating on the Big Bash and coaching in the IPL. I think I’ve got a pretty good grasp on the game and we’ll see how it goes.”

The former captain also acknowledged he would love to take up the role of head coach at a later stage if the role is split in various formats. “There’s a fair bit of talk about splitting the roles up and I’m just delighted my name is one that’s come up for that permanent role down the track.”

Australia will take on New Zealand on February 3 in the first game of the series and the final will be played on February 21.

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