Ricky Ponting Australia England 2015
Ricky Ponting © Getty Images

Ricky Ponting will join the backroom staff of Head Coach Justin Langer during Australia‘s upcoming tour of England. Ponting, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, was already due to be in England to commentate on the 5-match ODI series against 2019 World Cup hosts England that starts on June 13 and a subsequent T20I. However, Wednesday’s announcement by Cricket Australia (CA) will see Ponting join forces with former teammate Langer once again. The pair had coached Australia’s T20I team against Sri Lanka on home soil in 2017.

Ponting had also assisted former Australia Head Coach Darren Lehmann who quit following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, for the T20I triangular series also involving England and New Zealand earlier this year. Now 43, Ponting has coached Delhi Daredevils in this year’s edition of the IPL.

Ponting had a fantastic career, averaging over 42 in 375 ODIs, with an excellent strike rate above 80. His 41 hundreds in the format included a brilliant 140 not out in a 2003 World Cup final win over India in Johannesburg. He had been part of three World Cup-winning sides, in 1999, 2003, and 2007, the last two as captain.

Langer was delighted to be able to tap into Ponting’s expertise: “Ricky is one of the greats of the game, and since he was already in England doing some commentary we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series. We have played a lot of cricket together and coached alongside each other previously, and he will also know many of the players already through his work with the team over the past two summers and his BBL commitments.”

“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, as we start to build a team capable of winning a World Cup in these conditions in a year’s time.”

It will be an unusual experience, as Langer had played under Ponting for several years. The roles will now switch. Ponting will join the squad on June 10 and fit in his work with World Cup-holders Australia around his broadcasting duties.