Ricky Ponting Appointed As Assistant Coach Of Australia For Sri Lanka T20Is
Australian Cricket Board has made yet another big appointment for the three T20I games against Sri Lanka to be played in February as the Board has confirmed the appointment of Ricky Ponting as the assistant coach of Australia for the series. Ponting will be assisting the interim Head Coach Justin Langer and the newly appointed interim Assistant Coach Jason Gillespie.
On speaking about being appointed to the role, Ricky Ponting said that he always wanted to contribute to the team since the day he retired, “I always said when I retired that I wanted to get back involved and what better way to do it than alongside a couple of my best mates in cricket, Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie. We have some incredible Twenty20 talent in this country and I can’t wait to work with JL, Dizzy and those selected to have a real crack at doing special for Australia’s Twenty20 International ambitions.”
Ricky Ponting was the skipper of Australian cricket team when they played first ever T20I game against England in 2005. In past, Ricky Ponting has worked as the head coach of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians before being replaced by Mahela Jayawardene in the month of November last year.
Justin Langer, the interim Head Coach was excited to work with his former skipper and said, “It’s exciting that Ricky will be involved alongside Jason and myself during the Sri Lanka series as he was the one man I really wanted alongside us. His knowledge of the game and the way he reads it, coupled with his invaluable experience as an IPL coach with the Mumbai Indians means he knows the format inside-out. Add this to his playing and now commentary experiences in the BBL and he has all the makings of a great coach. I can’t wait to work alongside my ex-captain and friend again.”
“Ricky’s experience will add so much value to the group especially if, as seems likely, there are some fresh and relatively inexperienced faces in the squad with several senior players set to be in India at the same time. Just like Jason and myself, he will be coming into the series off the back of a long period watching Twenty20 cricket in the BBL and that will increase the chances of us hitting the ground running when the squad assembles,” Langer said.
The three T20I games will be played at Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide respectively on 17th, 20th and 22nd February respectively. It is to be noted that the T20I games will be played at the same time when Australian team will be on a tour of India to play four Test match series which starts from Februaruary 23, a day after T20I series ends. We will see many new faces in the squad for the Test series with most of them coming through the ongoing season of Big Bash League.
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