Serious Achilles Injury Puts Ricky Ponting’s Coaching Role in Jeopardy
A serious Achilles injury has put Ricky Ponting’s assistant coaching role with Cricket Australia in jeopardy. The two time World Cup winning Australian skipper suffered the blow while shooting for a commercial. Ponting suffered an Achilles tear while trying to kick a football during the shot of one of his sponsors.
Therefore, Ricky Ponting will miss the T20I series on the tour of UAE in which Australia will play against Pakistan. Australia will play one-off T20I before three One-Dayers and two Test matches against Pakistan.
Ricky Ponting is out for three-six months.
Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting has served as the coach of the Australian team in the shortest format and also savored success. However, Ponting has gone through a surgery which will keep him out of action for three to six months.
Consequently, Ricky Ponting will not be available for the assistant role he was trying to fulfill.
In fact, it has been a difficult time for Cricket Australia after the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. The results have not gone their way and the repercussions are clearly felt by the players as well as the coaching staff. Australia’s head coach Justin Langer talked about the after-effects of the scandal.
“It’s the first time in my adult life I’ve woken up in the middle of the night,” he told The Australian. “I did it a few times in England. I’ve done it a few times since I’ve been home. It’s bizarre but hopefully, as I start getting my feet under the table and I start knowing who I trust my new team of people at Cricket Australia, hopefully, I start sleeping better.
Meanwhile, Langer aims to do the rebuilding work after the ball-tampering controversy. Justin Langer said that he looks to build more confidence in the Australian players.
“If I leave this role and there are probably six or seven guys who you could make captain tomorrow then I reckon I’ve done a pretty good job because if we do that … then not only will we be playing good cricket and I reckon the Australian public will be proud of us again, we’ll have earned respect and there will be plenty of heroes out there for Australian kids, and that’s the way it’s always been in Australian cricket.”
Justin Langer was looking for some support from Ricky Ponting. However, the former southpaw opener will have to manage it by himself as Ricky Ponting’s return can take some time.
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