Ricky Ponting doesn’t shred what he says. Ponting, who shows up his desires to coach T20 squad of Australia, says until the best performers in the country play the shortest format together, the lowly world ranking will be there.Ponting added at the Sunday Herald Sun, “Currently, we are at No.7 or 8 which is totally disappointing for me.
“Unless we bring better players together and have a consistent captain and a group of players, I actually don’t see how we will improve.
“It is really one of the things I have talked about Cricket Australia.”
The 43-year-old will serve as an assistant to national coach Darren Lehmann in T20 tri-series and also helped Justin Langer, caretaker coach, in the same role earlier this year.He also coaches IPL’s Delhi Daredevils, where he acquired Glenn Maxwell for $1.7 million as he expects him to do his best, and also wants him to lead Australia.Ponting added, “I have enjoyed every single minute of commentary work in the Big Bash League but I have got some urge to coach which needs scratching.
“Just out of my playing days, I had a chance pretty much to coach in the IPL for two years and I really enjoyed every moment of it.”
Australia is yet to win the upcoming World Cup final and any T20 silverware and it is set in 2020 for the MCG. It could be the team of Ponting. He said, “With the way T20 game is tactical and strategic is getting, there is a strong need to have another set of ears and eyes to prepare for each series.
“If you are thinking of this summer only, Darren and all the coaches would have been planning and preparing around the Ashes for around 2 years before the beginning of Ashes.“An ODI or T20 starts just on the back of it and you simply have no time to prepare and plan. If it was to happen, I would obviously be very keen to have a crack on it.
When it comes to Network Ten commentary of Ponting in the Big Bash, it is evident that he has one of the sharpest minds in T20. It is virtually psychic as how he predicts who will toss the ball, what shot will be hit by a batsman and what delivery is coming.
According to Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and he have an edge in the commentary box as Ponting and former T20 players just looking to articulate what would tick over in the mind of fielding captain.
When talking before the win of Strikers in semi-final of Friday night, Ponting felt the power hitters of Hobart Hurricanes would secure the trophy in Big Bash.