Punter ‘in the frame’ for new Aussie coaching role
Ricky Ponting is among those tipped to join Justin Langer's coaching stable as he seeks support for Australia's World Cup and Ashes campaigns.
The Australian batting legend has previously been called on by Langer, providing assistance during June's ODI tour of England and attending a net session in Perth in December to mentor Aaron Finch. He also assisted former coach Darren Lehmann during a T20 tri-series against New Zealand and England last year.
But now a greater assignment looms for Ponting, as Langer looks to shape his support staff following the departure of assistant David Saker, Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Former bowling coach Troy Cooley has stepped in for Saker, who quit effective immediately on Thursday after discussions with Langer.
Ponting's media commitments mean he's unlikely to be involved for Australia's entire UK stay, which begins in May for the World Cup and will end in September at the end of the Ashes.
However, Sydney Morning Herald understands he remains firmly in the frame to join Langer's coaching staff for part of the winter campaign.
Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said the involvement of ex-players, like Ponting, is important for the team going forward. Although, the budget may only allow them to be used in "short bursts".
"There's no doubt that the remuneration in cricket for players is far higher than the remuneration for coaches," Roberts told ESPNcricinfo.
"I think there's opportunities to utilise some of those ex-players in shorter bursts if you like, given they're not all in a position to be a coach 52 weeks of the year either, given their other commitments in other parts of the game.
"I think it's really important that we do involve those ex-players in the game more and give them a stronger voice, embrace their perspective to a greater degree, and whether that means that's just in open forums where we invite their feedback on some of cricket's big questions, or whether it's involving them in a mentoring capacity or in a formal coaching capacity, we want to be covering all those bases and utilising all the expertise they've got.