Australia appointed Ricky Ponting as assistant coach for World Cup

Annette Crawford
February 10, 2019

"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", Ponting said.

Ponting led Australia to World Cup wins in South Africa in 2003 and the West Indies in 2007 and was part of the team that lifted the trophy in England in 1999.

He acted as a consultant during the ODI series in England past year, which was Langer's first since becoming full-time coach, and was an assistant for former coach Darren Lehmann in a Twenty20 tri-series 12 months ago.

Making the announcement, Cricket Australia (CA), in a statement, said that the changes in coaching structure will see Ponting working closely with the batsmen.

The move comes after David Saker, the bowling coach of the Australian cricket team quit.

"This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes", said Clark.

"I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team", Ponting added.

Clark said appointing Ponting for the World Cup would enable Hick to concentrate exclusively on helping Australia defend the Ashes against England.

"With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus at the number of staff specifically on one event".

Australia s bowling coach David Saker quit Thursday just months out from the World Cup and an Ashes tour to England "for the best interests of the team".

"Ricky knows what's required to win World Cups", said Langer. "The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy".

It has been confirmed that Troy Cooley will temporarily take over Saker's role for Australia's limited overs tour of India, where they will play two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs, and the tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they will take on Pakistan in a five-match ODI series. Australia's World Cup campaign will start on June 1 with their first encounter against Afghanistan in Bristol.

Apart from featuring in 84 worldwide games together for Australia, Ponting is a close ally of Langer.

"Ricky and I have worked together with the Australian men's team in the past, he is an extremely driven coach who is fully invested in the players' development and improving Australian cricket".

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