London, April 18 (IANS) Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is reportedly being targeted to coach England’s Test team.
The Australian legend Ponting is currently working as head coach with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals.
Rob Key, the former Kent and England batter who subsequently forged a successful career in broadcasting, has been appointed by the ECB as its new managing director of England men’s cricket.
According to a report published by The Times, Ponting is ‘high on Key’s list of targets for Test coach’ along with former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten. The report also states that Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene, who has extensive coaching experience on the franchise circuit with the likes of Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Southern Brave in The Hundred, is ‘likely to be approached to coach the white-ball team’, reports mirror.co.uk.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has previously called for Ponting to get the job. He told the Daily Mail, “For me, there is no finer brain in cricket at the moment than Ricky Ponting, who reads the game so well.
“The new coach has to be someone the players’ respect; the dressing room has been a bit too nice in recent years. And, my goodness, if the batters in that England team aren’t going to listen to what Ponting has to say about technique, then why are they playing the game?
“Not all greats of the game become good coaches because they’re not sure how to get their message across. Ponting doesn’t have that problem,” Hussain had said.
“But because I can’t see him wanting to commit to a year-round gig — if he wants to commit at all — then we have to split the role. And there’s no reason why Paul Collingwood can’t be in charge of the white-ball team.”