CRICKET: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will join tw
CRICKET: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will join two former teammates in the country's coaching ranks after being handed an assistant's role for the T20 series in Sri Lanka next month.
Ponting will work alongside Justin Langer, who will be the head coach for the three-match campaign, and Adelaide Strikers coach Jason Gillespie, who will also assist Langer.
The trio will take over from full-time coach Darren Lehmann, who will be with the Australian Test squad preparing for the series in India which starts the day after the final T20 game in Sri Lanka.
"I always said when I retired that I wanted to get back involved and what better way to do it than alongside a couple of my best mates in cricket, Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie,” Ponting said.
"We have some incredible Twenty20 talent in this country and I can't wait to work with JL, Dizzy and those selected to have a real crack at doing something special for Australia's Twenty20 international ambitions.”
Ponting captained Australia in the first T20 international against New Zealand in 2005, as well as two World T20 tournaments in 2007 and 2009.
He also coached the Mumbai Indians to the Indian Premier League title in his first season in charge.
Ponting's playing career ended in 2013 - the final leg of which was a season with the Antigua Hawksbills in the Caribbean Premier League.