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Australia name Ricky Ponting as assistant coach for T20I tri-series

Ricky Ponting (pictured) will work under Darren Lehmann
Ricky Ponting (pictured) will work under Darren Lehmann

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been named as an assistant coach of the national team during the upcoming Twenty20 International tri-series that also involves England and New Zealand.

Ponting already had a similar role in January last year during the T20I series against Sri Lanka where he joined his former team-mates Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie as the head coach Darren Lehmann was busy in preparing the Test side for the series in India.

The 43-year-old will be joined by Troy Cooley and Matthew Mott to fill the void created by the absence of Graeme Hick, David Saker and Brad Haddin, who will leave early for Australia's upcoming tour of South Africa in March.

”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 in a statement. ”I loved working with the squad last year.

“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.”

Ponting, who is Australia's leading run-scorer in Tests and One-Day Internationals has played 17 Twenty20 International games and has captained the national team in the 2007 and 2009 editions of World T20.

He also has a rich coaching experience in the Indian Premier League where he guided Mumbai Indians to title win in 2015 and will take in charge of the Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming edition.

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