Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the Assistant Coach for the T20 series against SL. This decision was made by Cricket Australia on Sunday, as per media reports.
Previously, Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer were appointed as the bowling coach and the head coach respectively. The T20 series will be played between February 17th to 22nd after which Australia will play India from 23rd February.
Going by the timing of the Australia vs India series, it can be safely said that CA’s decision to rope in Ricky Ponting as the Assistant coach was a timely move.
“I always said when I retired that I wanted to get back involved and what better way to do it than alongside a couple of my best mates in cricket, Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie,” said Ponting after his appointment as was quoted by another section of the media.
Ponting’s former teammate Justin Langer also expressed his happiness over Ponting’s appoinment when he said “Ricky’s experience will add so much value to the group especially if, as seems likely, there are some fresh and relatively inexperienced faces in the squad with several senior players set to be in India at the same time.”