On Thursday morning Australia’s men cricket team bowling coach David Saker handed over his resignation with immediate effect which came as a shock for many. Saker was the bowling coach since 2016. He served under Darren Lehmann and, following Lehmann’s resignation in the wake of last year’s ball-tampering scandal, he was now under the command of coach Justin Langer.
The Australian cricket team is currently not in their best form, losing both test and ODI series against India at their home ground last month. Although they won the series against Sri Lanka which was expected against one of the weakest Sri Lankan team in their history. And this news certainly wasn’t of any help.
Australia seeking the help of their legends.
World Cup is approaching near but before that, they will face the tough challenge of India and Pakistan. They are also in the process of finalizing the team for the Cricket World Cup. And in a bid to prepare well for the World Cup, Australia was aiming to take former legends such as Simon Katich, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting on board for short stint as consultants.
In a bid to help the team for upcoming World Cup, Aussies have confirmed that Ricky Ponting has been added to the coaching staff.
Ricky Poting was excited with this appointment and said:
“I’m really excited to be joining the coaching group for this year’s World Cup. I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me. I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors. I know we will be as tough to beat as any team, in this year’s World Cup.”
Talking to ESPNcricinfo after David Saker’s resignation, CA CEO said:
“I think there are opportunities to utilize some of those ex-players in shorter bursts if you like, given they’re not all in a position to be a coach 52 weeks of the year either, given their other commitments in other parts of the game”.
Ricky Ponting will come with the huge experience of 375 ODIs as a player. He has featured in five World Cups, three of them as a captain. He has won three World Cups as a player, including two as captain.
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