Ricky Ponting denied reports of being batting consultant for Australia
Ricky Ponting the former Australian skipper has confirmed that he is not in talks with Cricket Australia for batting consultant job. After Australia’s pathetic show in the Ashes there were talks that the legendary Aussie cricketer has been approached as the new batting consultant for the national side.
However Ponting, who returned home to Australia following an Ashes commentary stint in the UK that ended with the Trent Bridge Test, said he had not engaged any formal discussions with CA and was, for the moment, otherwise committed to his job as Mumbai Indians coach, family, commentary and charity work.
“I’ve had no formal discussions with Cricket Australia about a role,” Ponting told ESPNcricinfo. “I have always said that one day I would like to get more involved with the young batters around the country but at the moment I’m fully committed to my family, my coaching job at Mumbai, commentary and sponsor commitments and the Ponting Foundation.”
The relentless international schedule has been a stumbling block for numerous former greats getting directly involved with the Australian team in recent times. The likes of Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist have been engaged by the coach Darren Lehmann to speak to the players, but none have been able to commit to anything more substantial than that.
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