Ponting named AUS assistant coach for World Cup

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2019 12:51 hrs
Rickey Ponting

Former captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed Australia's assistant coach for the World Cup, that starts May 30. The 44-year-old will join Justin Langer's coaching team and his focus will primarily be to look after the ODI batting as regular batting coach Graeme Hick will look after preparations for the Ashes.

"I'm really excited to be joining the coaching group for this year's World Cup. 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. 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 his appointment.

Ponting will join the squad at the pre-tournament camp in Brisbane in early May. Australia's first World Cup game is against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.

Ponting has served as an assistant coach before with Australia's T20 side in 2018 and 2017. He has also worked with Langer during latter's first series as Australia's head coach on the tour of the UK last year.

Ponting played 375 ODIs for Australia and featured in five World Cups, three of them as a captain. He led his team to World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007.