Ricky Ponting has tasted success as coach of the Mumbai Indians © Getty Images
Ricky Ponting has tasted success as coach of the Mumbai Indians © Getty Images

Ricky Ponting has been reportedly offered an opportunity by Cricket Australia to become the team’s batting consultant. The move comes after Australia’s shocking performance with the bat in the Ashes 2015 which saw them lose the series 1-3 with one game yet to take place. The batting in the series was often pathetic and shot selection was questionable to say the least. Australia are keen to look beyond the dismal show and are starting to plan for the future and having Ponting involved might be part of their plans. ALSO READ: Ricky Ponting backs Michael Clarke’s decision to retire after Ashes 2015

“We have spoken to Ricky a few times this year to be around the side. I am certainly very open to getting him involved and we would love to have him on board. I sense Ricky would also love to be involved. His time commitments are obviously one of the big challenges,” Australia’s team performance boss Pat Howard told Courier Mail. POLL: Who is the best Australian captain in Tests?

Apart from having enjoyed an exceptional career as an Australian batsman, Ponting has already shown an aptitude for managerial skills in his stint with Mumbai Indians, wherein he coached them to the title in the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). As far as his Test record is concerned, few in the world surpass his excellence. ALSO READ: Ricky Ponting will not take up coaching job in Australian domestic circuit