According to the man who likes to coach T20 team of Australia, the lowly ranking will remain until the best players of the country are playing the shortest format with each other. Ponting added, “We are at No. 7 or 8 which is totally unacceptable for me. Unless we bring our better players more often together and have consistent captain and group of players, I actually don’t see any improvement. It is one of the things I have talked about Cricket Australia.”
The 43-year-old Ponting will serve as Coach Darren Lehmann’s assistant in tri-series T20 and helped Justin Langer, caretaker coach in the same role previous year. Ponting also coaches IPL’s Delhi Daredevils where he bought Glenn Maxwell with faith that he can get his best by investing $1.7 million on him and he also desires to lead Australia.
Ponting added, “I have enjoyed every single minute of the best work by Big Bash but I have got little bit of enthusiasm on coaching which needs beginning.”
“I got a chance to coach two years just after my playing days in the IPL and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.”
Australia hasn’t won any T20 silverware yet and the next final in World Cup is set in 2020 for the MCG. It could be the team of Ponting by then.
Ponting added, “With the way the tactical and strategic T20 game is getting, you should have a new set of attention or a few more sets of ears and eyes. It means getting ready for each series. If you look at this summer only, all the coaches on the Ashes and Darren would have prepared and planned for the Ashes for up to two years in advance before the beginning of Ashes. If it was to happen, I would obviously be keen to have a crack on it.”
Listening to Network Ten commentary by Ponting about the Big Bash, it is apparent that he has one of the shrewdest T20 minds in the world.
The way he can predict who will toss the ball, what shot will be made by a batsman and what delivery is coming, it is virtually psychic. According to Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and he has an edge in commentary as Ponting and former T20 players just try to articulate what would tick over in the brain of fielding captain. When talked before the winning of Strikers in semi-final on Friday night, Ponting felt the power hitters of Hobart Hurricanes to secure the trophy in BBL. He requested the opposition attack to nail the variations of it.
“If you are giving McDermott (Ben) a low full-toss or Yorker that misses on short side, he will clear boundary too frequently,” Ponting added.“You should have enough courage to use variations, be it Yorkers or slower-ball bouncers and execute the same.“
Almost every team released leg spinner this season in the power play and Ponting wants it to be No.1 on the shopping list of Melbourne Stars as they hunt two new ODIs.