Along with Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie, Ricky Ponting joined in to coach Australia. The ex-cricketer and former Captain is appointed as the assistant coach for the T20 Team, that will play against Sri Lanka in February. The three top cricketers that pivoted the team a decade back are brought as the core group to support the present squad. Australia will also play with India for four Test matches after Sri Lanka. The coaches will also take the helm of the Test team as well, which would be prepared to face India. In November, last year, Ponting expressed his interest as a coach for the team. His former team match Jason Gillespie joined as the coach in the previous week.
In the press meet, the former skipper remembered what he said on the time of his retirement. He said that he wanted to get back and involve. He said that it was the best way to team up with his best mates like Langer and Gillespie to get back with cricket. He focused that Australia has several cricketers as T20 talents and he cannot wait to work with them. He said, the selected players have a real crack to achieve something special in T20 Internationals.
Performance manager, Pat Howard said that Ponting's appointment would provide an extensive T20 knowledge base for players. Per Howard the new coach will be a force to the other coaches as well as the players. His knowledge of T20 and his experience is expected to have a good boost to the team. Ponting has been coaching in domestic teams in England, Caribbean, India and Australia along with playing in the circuit. He was also a key figure in BBL. Howard said, since Ponting, Gillespie and Langer has been long time team mates they will quickly get the home team with their collective experience. He also ensured that the team will get the necessary guidance off the field from the new coaches.
Ponting is renowned as a top cricketer of the era. He was the captain of the team in 2003 and 2007 sessions. The batsmen scored more than 27,000 runs playing for almost two decades for his team. The former Australia captain retired in 2012 from all format. However, he played his last T20 in CPL back in 2013. Since then, he has been handling various media and cricket roles. He was a coach for Mumbai Indians, the IPL team. He has been the commentator for Channel Ten, in BBL. His mates, Langer and Gillespie has been coaching Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers.
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