Ricky Ponting joins Australian coaching staff for England tour

 Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has joined the Australian coaching staff for the side`s five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international game against England in June.

Ricky Ponting joins Australian coaching staff for England tour
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 Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has joined the Australian coaching staff for the side`s five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international game against England in June.

Ponting joins former team mate Justin Langer, who was appointed coach of the team on a four-year term after Darren Lehmann resigned in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in March.

"Ricky is one of the greats of the game, and since he was already in England doing some commentary we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series," Langer said in a statement.

Ponting has served as assistant coach for the T20 side twice before, against Sri Lanka in 2017 and for the tri-series against New Zealand and England earlier this year.

He was also head coach of the Delhi Daredevils side in the Indian Premier League this year.

"Ricky`s knowledge of the game is second-to-none, and we know that his experiences, tactical expertise and leadership will be invaluable for this group," Langer added.

The three-times World Cup winner will begin his assignment on June 10, working around his commentary commitments.