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Ricky Ponting takes up Australia coaching staff role for Sri Lanka T20 Series

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The four-Test series against India is scheduled to start just a day after the conclusion of the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka.

Former Australian skipperARicky PontingAhas been named as an assistant coach forAAustraliaAfor the three-match T20 series againstASri LankaAin February and will work alongside former teammates Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie who has been named as interim head coach and interim assistant coach respectively for the series which will clash with Australiaas preparation for the four-match Test series against India.

“I always said when I retired that I wanted to get back and what better way to do it than alongside a couple of my best mates in cricket, Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie”.

Australia are scheduled to play three T20Is against Sri LankaAin Melbourne onAFebruary 17, the Victorian provincial city of Geelong onAFebruary 20Aand Adelaide onA clomid online, acquire clomid. February 22 while the four-Test series against India will begin at Pune on February 23. The tightly-packed scheduleAmeans much of Australiaas premier stars will be busy in their preparations for the gruelling series against India in their own backyard.

Cricket Australia themselves have taken an unprecedented step by the appointment of Langer and Gillespie, while head coach Darren Lehmann marshals his troops in India and now, Ponting has been added to the coaching staff for the Sri Lanka tour.

Ponting who was head coach of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians stepped down to make way for Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene. Pontingas decision to step down from his role with the Mumbai Indians franchise was being seen in direct link with the decision of Rodney Marsh to step down as the chief selector following Australiaas disappointing form of late, especially in the Test format.

WhileACricket Australia haveAappointedATrevor Hohns and Greg Chappell on an interim basis to handle the selection duties, it will be interesting to see how they go about the decision in the long run especially once the Sri Lanka T20 series gets over.

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