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PONTING TO JOIN AUSSIE T20 COACHING TEAM

Former Australia captain will be Darren Lehmann's assistant for the upcoming Tri Series

Ricky Ponting will join Australia's coaching staff for the upcoming Twenty20 Tri Series against England and New Zealand.

The former Aussie captain, who skippered his country at the World T20 on two occasions, has a wealth of experience in the shortest form of the game as a player, coach and commentator.

Ponting will take on the assistant coach role for the games, which are due to take place in February, while Troy Cooley and Matthew Mott will form the rest of the backroom unit.

"I'm delighted to be involved with the Australian squad again for what should be a terrific series against England and New Zealand," he said.

Ricky Ponting is joining up with the Australia T20 team

"I loved working with the squad last year against Sri Lanka and I can't wait to be working alongside Darren, Troy and Matthew this time around.

"Watching the KFC Big Bash League in my role as a commentator has shown me we have a wealth of talent available to us in this format and a tri-series like this will give us a great chance to establish a pattern of play that works best for the players."

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said: "Ricky has a fantastic cricket brain and when it comes to Twenty20 cricket there aren't many better in the world given his experience around the world, as a player, a coach and a commentator.

"It's an exciting prospect for us, as coaches, to have the chance to take advantage of Ricky's Twenty20 knowledge and, for the players, the chance to work with one of Australia's all-time greats will be just as exciting for them."

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