A day after David Saker resigned as Australia’s fast-bowling coach, Cricket Australia appointed Former captain Ricky Ponting as an assistant coach of Australia’s men’s team for the 50-over World Cup in England later this year, the country’s cricket board said on Friday.
The 44-year-old Ponting will work with Australia’s batsmen for the May 30-July 14 tournament, with current batting coach Graeme Hick focusing on preparing the side for the Ashes tour in England, starting in August. “This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes,” said interim Team Performance Executive General Manager Belinda Clark. “With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus a number of staff specifically on one event. The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy.”
“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups, and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title,” said Langer in a statement.
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