Former Australian captain and cricketing legend Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Australian cricket team ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Ricky Ponting, who has appeared in five World Cups in his career and has won on three occasions, will be working in tandem with the head coach Justin Langer and will be mainly training the batsmen. The move has come just one day after Australia’s bowling coach David Saker had quit.
Speaking about the effect that Ponting will have on the Aussie team ahead of the World Cup, Langer said, “I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title.”
Ricky Ponting spoke on his new role and said, “I’m really excited to be joining the coaching group. I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me.”