Former captain Ponting named assistant Australia coach

Ricky Ponting has recently been in the commentary box coverign Australia's tests with India and Sri Lanka

Ricky Ponting has recently been in the commentary box coverign Australia's tests with India and Sri Lanka

He has also worked with Langer during latter's first series as Australia's head coach on the tour of the United Kingdom past year. "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 said after being appointed.

"I d like to thank Cricket Australia for the opportunity to help coach the Australian men s team over the past three seasons", he said.

Ponting was part of the Australian team that won the 1999 World Cup and was captain when they went on to win in 2003 and 2007.

Ponting will take up his role following Australia's one-day tour against India.

Ponting will start his role after the limited-overs series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan and will work with Australia's one-day worldwide batsmen through to the end of the World Cup.

Belinda Clark, the interim high performance manager, echoed Roberts' views on the increasing use of specialist short-term coaches being brought in for specific events.

"He has an impressive understanding of the game, he knows what's required to prepare and perform at the elite level, and we can't wait for him to get started working with the squad".

"I'm really excited to be joining the coaching group for this year's World Cup", Ponting said after his appointment on Friday (February 8).

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"The World Cup is an iconic tournament and we believe the addition of Ricky to the coaching staff for the 2019 event will provide the Australian Team with a competitive advantage".

Earlier, Ponting was appointed in a similar role when Australia toured England for five ODIs and a sole Twenty20 global in 2018.

Cricket Australia said Pointing will focus on working with the ODI batting group as they seek to defend their title from four years ago.

His appointment follows the resignation of assistant coach David Saker.

Australia, the defending World Cup holders, are ranked sixth in ODIs.

"David and I have had ongoing discussions over the past nine months about his role with the team, and we agreed it s the right time to head in a different direction in the best interests of the team", Langer said.

According to reports Aussie legend Jason Gillespie is among the front-runners that Cricket Australia will look at as a long-term bowling coach position. "The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy".

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