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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will join the national team as an assistant coach during their limited overs tour of England later this month.
Ponting, who has been an assistant coach for Australia’s Twenty20 squad twice before, will work alongside head coach Justin Langer as Australia play five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International against England.
Langer admitted that he was thrilled to be working alongside his former teammate, who coached the Delhi Daredevils in the recently concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“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,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “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.
“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.”
In addition to his coaching duties, Ponting will also commentate during the limited overs series, which begins on June 13 at The Oval.