Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
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Former captain Ponting named assistant Australia coach

Former captain Ponting named assistant Australia coach

Langer added: "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".

In any case, having the three-time World Cup victor involved at all would be a huge boost for the Australians, who are now searching for a new assistant coach after David Saker resigned on Thursday.

Saker, who performed a similar role with England before joining the Australian set-up in 2016, resigned after lengthy talks with coach Justin Langer.

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

Ponting, who has previously worked short-term with Australia's ODI and Twenty20 squads, will also head coach Justin Langer with game plan strategy.

But the key to his appointment is the bonus Ashes component.

"I have enormous confidence 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", Ponting said after being appointed.

Ponting's appointment for the World Cup in England comes as five-time champions Australia finds itself sitting in sixth position on the world one-day worldwide rankings.

"With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus a number of staff specifically on one event", Clark said.

Australia are set to hold a pre-tournament camp in Brisbane in early May before their first World Cup game against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.

Former Test captain Ricky Ponting could reportedly join Australia's coaching staff for the mammoth tour of England this winter.

Ponting will commence his role with the team following Australia's ODI tours against India and Pakistan.

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

"I'd like to thank Cricket Australia for the opportunity to help coach the Australian Men's Team over the past three seasons", Saker said.

Saker said he had enjoyed "working closely with a great group of fast bowlers" and would look forward to a new coaching role.

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