Former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting will join Australia’s coaching staff for the World Cup in England this year. He will be working alongside coach Justin Langer as an assistant coach during Australia’s quest for sixth World Cup Title.
According to interim High-Performance Executive General Manager Belinda Clark,
“With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus at the number of staff specifically on one event. The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy.” He added, “Ricky will assist Justin across a number of key areas including strategy and game-plan, but he will also work closely with and mentor the batting group as they prepare for the English conditions.”
Under Ponting, Australia won the World Cup twice in 2003 and 2007. he was also a part of the World Cup winning squad in 1999. The coach, Justin Langer believes his expertise will be helpful for Australia to defend the title.
“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups, and 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,” Langer said in a statement.
Ponting previously worked short-term with Australia’s ODI and Twenty20 squads.
He said, “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.” He showed his confidence in the Aussie squad and said, “I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team.”
On the other hand, David Saker resigned as Australia’s fast-bowling coach with immediate effect. Troy Cooley will serve a temporary bowling coach on upcoming limited-overs tours of India and the UAE. According to reports, Aussie legend Jason Gillespie is the most probable name for Australia’s long-term bowling coach position.
Regarding Ponting’s appointment, Belinda Clark mentioned,
“This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes.”
The 34-year old will be coaching the newly named Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League in April and May before joining Australia’s squad. Australia’s World Cup campaign will start on June 1 with their first encounter against Afghanistan in Bristol.
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