Ricky Ponting rules himself out of race to replace Justin Langer

Ricky Ponting, the former captain of Australia, has ruled out full-time coaching, particularly with the national team. With Justin Langer’s tenure at the helm coming to an end, his name has been circulating for some time.

Ponting, on the other hand, is content to coach the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a few months every year.

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Ponting is currently the head coach of the Delhi Capitals of the Indian Premier League, source: sports.ndtv.com

Aside from his IPL tenure, the 46-year-old has previously worked as a commentator and analyst. He was, interestingly, a member of the Australian support staff for the 2019 World Cup as a batting consultant.

Ponting, meanwhile, appears to be content with sideline roles at the moment, with full-time coaching requiring more obligations and time.

“It’s too time-consuming, where I’m at in my life. That’s why I’ve chosen a bit of the IPL because it’s in our off-season at home and generally, at best, an eight or nine-week commitment.

“It doesn’t get in the way of the Australian summer which is the other thing I love, my work with (Channel) Seven whether it be Big Bash or Test matches. I’ve found a nice little niche.

“If I can do stints with the Aussie team or another team during the Australian winter, then that’s fine and that’s how it worked out with that last World Cup that Justin asked me to be a part of,” Ponting said while speaking in the Perth radio station SEN’s ‘Gilly and Goss’ program.

Ricky Ponting says Australia lacks power hitters

Australia, according to Ricky Ponting, is lacking in power hitters.

Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting stated that Australia’s T20 World Cup roster, which will compete in the UAE, lacks power-hitters in their lineups. All of the good batsmen are top-order batsmen who also play in their Big Bash League squad at the same position.

“All the batters in our T20 team bat one, two or three for their Big Bash teams and inevitably they become the leading runs scorers at the end of every Big Bash so they get picked for Australia.

“But, who bats at five or six for their Big Bash team every game who’s in the current Australian team? There’s no-one.”

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