Ponting named Australia assistant coach for Cricket World Cup 2019

Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia’s assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker leaves the position. Ponting, the former Australia captain who led the team to two World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, will take up his responsibility after the imminent series against India and Pakistan with present batting coach Graeme Hick shifted to focus on arrangements for the Ashes.

Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia's assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker leaves the position.
Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia’s assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker leaves the position.

Ponting, the former Australia captain who led the team to two World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, will take up his responsibility after the imminent series against India and Pakistan with present batting coach Graeme Hick shifted to focus on arrangements for the Ashes.

His selection follows the comments of CEO Kevin Roberts to ESPNcricinfo on Thursday that he was intense to occupy more former players in short-term coaching roles. Ponting has formerly been concerned with the national side in that ability, but working at the World Cup will be the highest profile role he has had with Australia since concluding his playing profession.

“I’m really thrilled to be joining the coaching group for this year’s World Cup,” Ponting said. “I’ve enjoyed my earlier short-term roles with the ODI and T20 Teams but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me.”

“I have enormous assurance in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team, in this year’s World Cup.”

Head coach Justin Langer, who has had to compact with the dearth of Steven Smith and David Warner from Australia’s batting ranks during his first nine months in the job, believes Ponting will have value diagonally all aspects of the team.

“Ricky knows what’s mandatory to win World Cups, and I know he will be a precious guide to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our consideration on shielding our World Cup title,” he said. “Ricky and I have worked together with the Australian Men’s Team in the past, he is a predominantly driven coach who is fully invested in the players progress and humanizing Australian cricket.”

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