Australia has named Ricky Ponting as their associate mentor for the up and coming ICC World Cup, that begins May 30. The 44-year-old will join Justin Langer’s coaching team and attention only on ODI batting, with normal batting mentor Graeme Hick supervising the preparations for the Ashes that pursues not long after the World Cup.
The news of Ponting’s selection approaches on the impact points of David Saker’s unexpected abdication as Australia’s bowling mentor.
Australia is set to hold a pre-competition camp in Brisbane toward the beginning of May before their first World Cup game against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1. Ponting, who’s additionally the mentor of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, will join the squad at the camp.
“I’m truly eager to join the training bunch during the current year’s World Cup,” Ponting said after his selection on Friday (February 8). “I’ve made the most of my past momentary jobs with the ODI and T20 teams yet World Cups go up against an entire distinctive importance for me.
“I have colossal trust in the players accessible to the selectors and realize we will be as difficult to beat as any team, in the current year’s World Cup,” Ponting included.
Ponting has filled in as an associate mentor before with Australia’s T20 side in 2018 and 2017. He has additionally worked with Langer during Langer’s 1st series as Australia’s head mentor on the voyage through the UK a year before.
Belinda Clark, the interval EGM High Performance, underlined the significance of Ponting’s selection for what’s set to be a packed season, when a depleting World Cup will be closely followed by an Ashes series far from home, again in England.
“Ricky will help Justin over various key zones including procedure and approach, however he will likewise work intimately with and coach the batting bunch as they plan for the English conditions,” Clarke said. “This selection also gives a chance to Graeme Hick to concentrate on planning for the Ashes. With two noteworthy occasions consecutive we trust it is essential to center various staff explicitly on one occasion. The selection of Ponting is a piece of this general procedure.”
Ponting accompanies the experience of 375 ODIs as a player, and has highlighted in five World Cups, three of them as a leader. Langer was pleased to have Ponting’s knowledge in the Australian dressing room, particularly at an unpleasant time for the reconstructing side.
“Ricky realizes what’s required to win World Cups, and I realize he will be a significant coach to the batting group, however, the more extensive squad as we concentrate on shielding our World Cup title,” Langer said. “Ricky and I have cooperated with the Australian Men’s Team before, he is an incredibly determined mentor who has completely put resources into the players improvement and enhancing Australian cricket.
“He has a remarkable understanding of the game, he realizes what’s required to get ready and perform at the elite dimension, and we can hardly wait for him to begin working with the squad.”