Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an Assistant Coach of Australia men's team for 50-over world cup in England, the Country Cricket Board said on Friday. Australia won their World Cup title on home soil four years ago and Head Coach Justin Langer said, that Ponting’s experience in leading the team of two of those victories would be invaluable in England. “Ricky knows what is required to win world cups and I know, he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group but the broader squad, as we focus our attention on defending our world cup title”, Langar said. “Ricky and I have worked together with the Australian men’s team in the past, he is an extremely driven coach who is fully invested in the players development and improving cricket. He has an impressive understanding of the game he knows that what is required to prepare and perform at the elite level and we cannot wait for him to get started working with the squad.” Ponting has played 375 one day internationals for Australia and led them to the world cup titles in 2003 and 2007. Clark said appointing Ponting for the world cup would enable it to concentrate solely on helping Australia defend the Ashes against England. “The appointment of Ponting is a part of this overall strategy”, Clark said. Ponting will begin his role after Australia one day series against India and Pakistan. “I have enjoyed my previous short term Role with the one day international and T20 teams but World Cup takes on a whole different meaning for me, and I have an enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and we will be tough to beat as any team in this year’s world cup”, said Ponting.
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