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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cricket Australia wants Ricky Ponting to Coach Them for T20

Rickey Ponting is all set to assist Darren Lehmann in T20 tri-series of Australia against New Zealand and England in February 2018

Ponting is all set to assist Darren Lehmann in T20 tri-series of Australia against New Zealand and England in February 2018 but the bigger role Cricket Australia wants him to play is the coach for them in the excruciating drought of World Cup in shortest form. CA has literally showed their desire to separate the coaching role of T20 into specialized position after the contract of Lehmann expires in 2019 and it is clear for Ponting that he is in advanced talks in order to play the lead.

He is also all set to get back to the high powered world of IPL coaching after taking the head at Delhi Daredevils. Even while playing, Ponting was known as the leading coach for batting in Australia. In addition, Matthew Hayden has also been in talks with the conversations with captain in the mid-innings that really could get him to make important changes on run. Being an assistant, CA got Ponting for T20 fixtures last summer when Justin Langer got the reins on temporary basis. According to CA, he has got clear mind in Australian game and he has sharp ambitions for coaching but timing issues are another problem.

The 43-year-old also has business and broadcasting contracts along with the fact that he doesn’t want to live away from a young family. Due to these reasons, he is not ready to throw his hat for current position of Lehmann in coaching in all formats. But the most isolated gig has serious appeal of the T20 mentor. Cricket Australia has showed their desire already to make T20, where their rank slipped to No. 7 and they are focusing more to assign Mark Waugh as their head selector for this format. Getting Ponting by their side as their contributor or coach from now to the T20 to be staged by late 2020 would be helpful for the team to get direction and cohesion which has existed never.

Basically, teams are split up and coaches should be found on temporary basis when Australia has to play T20. David Saker, Langer, and Trevor Bayliss needed to be deputized in T20 series for Lehmann over the past couple of years. This haphazard approach is reflected in the poor record of Australia in World T20 tournaments. It is supposed to be blemish which is quite unacceptable on the cricket record of the nation and it has given great success in World Cups of 50 overs.

The goal of Cricket Australia is to be on top in all the three formats. There is a belief behind that the only way is to make it a specialist and streamlined department in Twenty20 cricket Australia. Ponting has made a record with a question that how long Smith would keep up with the load of captaincy in all formats. The former captain in Australia is in talks with experience at how huge the responsibility is in packed schedule which weighs him down. Being a captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner has been very popular and successful in IPL and he would be the leading candidate for captaincy in Twenty20 format.



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