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08-Feb-2019 05:51:00 GMT
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Ponting appointed Australia assistant coach 2019 World Cup

Sydney: Former cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach for Australia's defence of its World Cup in England beginning in late May.

Three-time World Cup-winning former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who has earlier worked as assistant for Australia’s t20 side in 2017 and 2018, was confirmed by Cricket Australian as assistant coach to Justin Langer for the tournament.

Ponting will work with Australia's limited-overs batsmen, with regular batting coach Graeme Hick to focus on batting preparations for the following Ashes Test series against England, which Australia is also defending.

Australia coach Justin Langer said in a statement Friday: "Ricky knows what's required to win World Cups and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad."

Ponting played in five World Cup tournaments for Australia, winning as captain in 2003 and 2007.

The news comes a day after David Saker resigned as Australia's fast-bowling coach, effective immediately. Cricket Australia also stated that the appointment will help batting coach Graeme Hicks focus on the preparation for the Ashes which will be held in England after the World Cup.

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