In Talks With CA But Yet To Sign A Deal Says Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting, Ashes 2017-18, Alastair Cook, Australia Vs England, Perth
Ricky Ponting hints Alastair Cook is past his prime. Photon Credit: Getty Images.

Ricky Ponting has confirmed that he has had a talk with Cricket Australia regarding the coaching job of the T20I side. However, the former Aussie captain also confirmed that he hadn’t signed any deal with the board yet,

“I’ve had discussions with Cricket Australia for a long time about getting involved somewhere in some way shape or form. I love coaching, I love being able to give a little bit back into the game,” he said while commenting during BBL.

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Ricky Ponting, Ashes 2017-18, Alastair Cook, Australia Vs England, Perth
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Ponting has earlier worked as the batting coach of Australia in February last year when Australia’s Test side was in India to play four-match Test series.

Ponting, under Langer, coached the side in three T20Is which the home side lost by 2-1. Still, though, Cricket Australia is looking at Ponting as a prospect to coach the side in the shorter formats.

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Ricky Ponting, Ashes 2017-18, DRS Controversy, Mark Stoneman, Mitchell Starc, Perth

In fact, if Ponting accepts the role, then his job would start right from the T20I series against England following the Ashes ODIs. Ponting has already confirmed that he will not coach any IPL team and the chances of him taking over the role of T20I coach of Australia are quite high.

The contract will be drawn until World T20, which will be played in Australia in 2020. Cricket Australia is expected to come out with an official announcement soon.

Should Ponting deny the role – chances of which are minute – CA has options in the form of David Sekar and Justin Langer as well. Sekar coached Australia’s limited overs side during the limited-overs tour to India. Darren Lehmann had decided not to travel to India to prepare for Ashes.

Langer, as mentioned, headed coaching panel of the T20I side due to overlapping fixtures.

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