Coach Darren Lehmann will be busy with Test match duties in India next year February . At the same time Australia will play their third and final Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on February 22. Now, the fact is Australia need a new coach to take over for T20 series against Sri Lanka. Question is, who will take the charge?
Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket legend may take the responsibility as a coach of Australian team during the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in February. Ponting is the likely front-runner for the coveted position having guided the Mumbai Indians to the Indian Premier League title in his maiden season. Jason Gillespie, former Australian quick and Adelaide Strikers coach, also could be in the reckoning.
“We are speaking to a number of people about the prospect of coaching the T20 international side during the Sri Lanka Series due to Darren Lehmann and David Saker being in India,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson told.
About his coaching, Ponting said “there had been a few inquiries. Darren will be away with that (Test) team, so they will need someone to coach the Australia T20 team here in Australia,” he said.
“I’m not saying that’s me … let’s wait and see over the next few months and there will be an announcement I’m sure,” he added.
Gillespie endorsed his former teammate for the role. “I think that would be a good thing for the Twenty20 side to have Ricky Ponting take the reins. I think it would be a great coup for Cricket Australia if they could convince Ricky Ponting to take the reins for that,” Gillespie told.