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Ricky Ponting has been in talks with Cricket Australia about becoming Australia’s full-time Twenty20 coach, but he revealed that he first wants to see a few changes be implemented.
Ponting is currently serving as an assistant coach under regular head coach Darren Lehmann in the ongoing T20 tri-series, which also involves England and New Zealand.
Having been around the team and getting a feel for what it will take for them to be successful in the lead-up to the 2020 World Twenty20, Ponting has laid out a few terms that he would like to see fulfilled.
The first condition Ponting has is to ensure players are given adequate time to prove their worth.
“These are all the things that I’ve spelled out to Cricket Australia for me to get more involved down the track,” Ponting told ABC Radio as quoted by foxsports.com.au. “Being able to prioritise the game and give the captain and the players a chance to get an extended run at playing for their country.
“And the captain to learn about what the strengths and weaknesses of certain players are in the line-up.”
Ponting also wants the best players to be available for the shortest format. In the ongoing T20 tri-series, opening batsman David Warner is one of the only high-profile players in the side. Warner is also captaining Australia in the tournament as regular skipper Steve Smith has been given some time off ahead of Australia’s tour of South Africa.
“If you think about it, our very best players in Australia don’t play very much T20 cricket at all,” Ponting said. “The national boys are always away when the Big Bash is on. There’s probably four or five guys that play the entire IPL tournament, no more than that. So we’re actually starved of the T20 game.
“In an ideal world it would be nice to put out your strongest team more often than not but I know there’s challenges with that. Until we start doing that I don’t think we’re going to improve too much.”
Since the start of 2016, Australia have had four captains and used a total of 40 players in just 19 Twenty20 Internationals. Ponting admitted that chopping and changing the squad constantly will do more harm than good going forward.
“We look back through the last five or six years we haven’t had the same captain for long periods of time either,” the 43-year-old said. “We very rarely get the best bowling attack in the group for a long period of time because there’s other series and tournaments that are probably taking precedence over T20 cricket.”