Ponting handed Australia T20 role

09 January 2018 22:10:49 GMTPlus11

Ricky Ponting will act as Australia's assistant coach during next month's Twenty20 Tri-Series versus England and New Zealand.

The three-time 50-over World Cup winner - who was named as Delhi Daredevils head coach last week - will work under Darren Lehmann against New Zealand (Sydney Cricket Ground on 3 February and Auckland on 16 February) and England (Hobart on 7 February and the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 10 February).
He would also be involved if Australia made the final in Auckland on 21 February.

Last year, Ponting worked with the Aussies' T20 squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka.
"I'm delighted to be involved with the Australian squad again for what should be a terrific series against England and New Zealand," Ponting said.

"Watching the KFC Big Bash League in my role as a commentator has shown me we have a wealth of talent available to us in this format and a tri-series like this will give us a great chance to establish a pattern of play that works best for the players."

Lehmann added: "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.

"It's an exciting prospect for us, as coaches, to have the chance to take advantage of Ricky's Twenty20 knowledge and, for the players, the chance to work with one of Australia's all-time greats will be just as exciting for them.

"The ICC World Twenty20 trophy is the only one that's missing from the trophy cabinet at Cricket Australia and it would be great for us to put that right during the next edition of the tournament on home soil in 2020."

Before Australia can turn their attention to the Twenty20 Tri-Series, they must first contend with a one-day series against England.

The Baggy Greens are 4.50 to win the series, while the tourists are 1.20.

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