Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting (AFP Photo)

Ricky Ponting has suffered a serious Achilles injury during the shoot of a commercial while kicking a football. He reportedly underwent a surgery last week and is expected to get fit in three to six months time.

The injury could potentially hamper his coaching role with the Australian team as he was set to join them for their UAE tour where they face Pakistan for two Tests and three T20Is starting with a tour match later this month.

Ponting was part of Australia’s coaching staff for their limited-overs tour of UK earlier this year. There were reports of Cricket Australia in talks with Ponting to get him involved in a coaching role with the national team under head coach Justin Langer.

The development must have come as a dampener for Langer who is looking to take Australia forward in the aftermath of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal that resulted in the ban of Steve Smith, David Warner and Camerson Bancroft.

“Ricky’s knowledge of the game is second-to-none, and we know that his experiences, tactical expertise and leadership will be invaluable for this group,” Langer had said ahead of Ponting joining the national squad in England earlier this year.

More recently, Langer, who played 105 Tests for Australia and scored 7696 runs, had revealed he was losing sleep following his appointment as the head coach. “It’s bizarre but hopefully as I start getting my feet under the table and I start knowing who I trust around my new team of people at Cricket Australia, hopefully I start sleeping better,” the 47-year-old was quoted as saying by The Australian.