Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has his eyes set on Australia’s Twenty20 coaching post.
Meanwhile, Ponting is concurrently working as an assistant coach under Darren Lehmann in the T20I side. Further, he emphasized the need for separate coaches for the game’s three formats.
Since his retirement, Ponting has worked with various outfits in the T20 franchise cricket. Recently, he took over the mentor’s role of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming edition.
Ponting eyes Australia’s T20 job:
Ponting admitted that he had discussions with Cricket Australia (CA) how to make the role work after Lehmann’s contract expires.
Meanwhile, Australia will look for a head following the 2019 World Cup and Ashes double in England. On that note, Ponting admitted his interest in taking up the T20 job.
“I know Cricket Australia are looking down that path. I’ve been talking to CA for a little while about succession planning with coaching in the shorter forms of the game,” Ponting said.
“I’m on record saying I’m interested in doing the Twenty20 job for Australia if it came up and I can make it fit in and work. There are a few things I just want to get ticked off from CA first as far as how my thoughts are on how we can become a better, more explosive, consistent team,” Ponting added.
Ponting cited having enough family time as the only reason for choosing T20 cricket. With three children below 10 years, Ponting admits he will have some challenges there.
In addition, Ponting feels CA had done a good job to give Lehmann a series off here and there just to keep him fresh.
Further, Ponting lauded CA for doing everything in their power now to remain consistently the best team. Notably, Australia has not won the T20 World Cup since it’s inception.
Ricky Ponting’s style of coaching:
Ponting reminded young players how their playing days will finish in a flash. He also cited examples from his career.
“Not so much how many runs I’d made or hundreds I’d made but just how many winning games I was a part of and my longevity in the game and the number of wins I was associated with is the thing I’m most proud of, 200-odd wins out of 320-odd games, that’s two out of every three you play,” Ponting asserted.
Meanwhile, Ponting along with Karen Rolton, Norm O’Neill will join Australian cricket’s Hall of Fame.
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