Former Test skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach to the Australia Twenty20 international squad for next month's series against Sri Lanka. Cricket Australia said this today.
Ponting, one of Australia's greatest batsmen, will work alongside the interim head coach Justin Langer and interim assistant coach Jason Gillespie during the three T20 internationals.
The matches will be played in Melbourne on February 17, the Victorian provincial city of Geelong on February 20 and in Adelaide on February 22. Ponting led his country in the first-ever T20 international against New Zealand in 2005 before leading the national side in the first two editions of the ICC World T20 in 2007 and 2009. He also coached the Mumbai Indians to the Indian Premier League title.
Ponting had a decorated international career that included playing in three ICC Cricket World Cup-winning sides in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In the last two, he was captain in unbeaten campaigns.