Ricky Ponting: Australia Name Former Captain As Twenty20 Assistant Coach

Ricky Ponting: Australia Name Former Captain As Twenty20 Assistant Coach

Ricky Ponting is being considered for a permanent job as Australia's limited over coach.

Former national captain Ricky Ponting will take up the role of assistant coach of Australia during the T20 tri-series also involving England and New Zealand.

Ponting undertook the T20 role previous year when he worked with the Australia squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka.

The T20 tri-series will get underway on February 3 in Sydney, with Australia taking on New Zealand in the first match.

The former Test skipper, having worked previous year with the T20 squad, will return to bolster Darren Lehmann's support staff, along with Australian women's coach Matthew Mott and Troy Cooley, the head coach of the national performance program.

The move goes further towards confirming Australian cricket's worst kept secret that Punter will take charge of the national T20 side full-time. "I know I'd enjoy it if I had the opportunity to do it, if I could make it work with the other commitments I have and with family time".

Ponting added that he couldn't turn down the opportunity to coach alongside Lehmann, who played with him in 126 global matches.

"We're very conscious of not lessening the product we're putting out", Ponting, who previously played at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, said. "I've got a bit of a coaching bug, I love being around the game and being around the best players and I love being able to feel like you've got some impact on the way they play their cricket". "I think I've got a pretty good grasp on the game and we'll see how it goes".

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who is part of the 14-person independent committee along with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, Indian Sourav Ganguly and Rod Marsh of Australia, said the sport must be represented by its best players at the Olympics.

Now ranked seventh in ICC's T20I rankings, Australia haven't had a great time in the shortest format of the game, and the World T20I trophy is the only one they are yet to win.

Australia are seventh in the T20 rankings with ICC World T20 title a big miss in their trophy cabinet. While the next T20I World Cup in Australia is more than two-and-a-half years away, Lehmann said that "the planning and preparation has to start now".

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