Ricky Ponting: Australia Name Former Captain As Twenty20 Assistant Coach

Ricky Ponting named Australia's assistant coach for T20 tri-series

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, will assist Darren Lehmann, the head coach, during the team's triangular Twenty20 worldwide series against England and New Zealand in February, Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday (January 9).

He was part of the support staff previous year for a series against Sri Lanka, which finished less than 24 hours before a Test series started away from home against India.

Shakib told the committee, which consists of the likes of Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara, that numerous younger Bangladesh players were no longer viewing Test cricket as their goal due to the greater financial security afforded to them by T20 cricket. "Ricky has a fantastic cricket brain and when it comes to Twenty20 cricket there aren't many better in the world given his experience around the world, as a player, a coach and a commentator", Lehmann said in a statement.

He has also been named coach of the Delhi Daredevils for the next two seasons of the IPL.

Ponting previously guided the Mumbai Indians to the IPL title in 2015.

The introduction of Twenty20 cricket to the Olympics formed a key part of MCC World Cricket committee meetings held in Sydney on Tuesday and Thursday, with past players keen to push for the sport's involvement. "I've got a bit of a coaching bug, I love being around the game and being around the best players and I love being able to feel like you've got some impact on the way they play their cricket".

"But we'll wait and see how this goes first".

"It seems unusual that everyone else seems happy to get in there because it's just going to be so good for the game", said the former England captain.

Lehmann said this series would be an important step towards the World T20 in 2020.

The Australian team is weak in the shortest form of the game, failing to win a T20 World Cup from six attempts, with a world ranking of 7th. "To do that, the planning and preparation has to start now".

"I'm delighted to be involved with the Australian squad again for what should be a terrific series against England and New Zealand", said Ponting. "So the chance to have this run of matches against two top sides in conditions we're set to face in two years, and for us to have Ricky as one of our backroom staff, is great news".

The T20I series will involve matches against New Zealand and England, plus the possibility of a final in Auckland on 21 February.

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