Former captain Ricky Ponting will be head coach Justin Langer’s helper at the World Cup in England this summer.

Ponting has held a similar job along with the twenty-20 side of his country and was part of this one day team’s training setup in England past summer.

The 44-year-old, that won the World Cup three times will revolve around the ODI team.

His appointment follows the resignation of assistant coach David Saker.

Ponting will take up his job following tour against .

“I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term functions with all the ODI and T20 teams but World Cups take on a completely different meaning for mepersonally,” he explained.

“I have enormous confidence from the players available to the selectors and know we’ll be so tough to beat as any team in this year’s World Cup.”

The 20-19 World Cup starts on holders and 30 May launch their defence against Afghanistan on 1 June.

Before captaining in 2003 and 2007 to World Cup triumphs, ponting won the tournament.

The Tasmanian scored 13,704 runs in 375 internationals as a new player.

“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups,” said Langer.

“I know he is likely to be an important mentor to maybe not only the batting group, but also the wider squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title.”


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