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Ponting named Australia assistant coach for T20s

AFP  |  Sydney 

will be an assistant coach during Australia's series against and next month, said today.

The former will work under Darren Lehmann, while and will help out during the series.

They have been brought on board while regular support staff Graeme Hick, and are in South to assist in preparations for Australia's four-Test tour from March.

Lehmann has previously said he will not seek to renew his contract when his current deal expires at the end of 2019, with Ponting seen as a potential successor.

Ponting undertook the T20 role last year when he worked with the squad for the three-match series against

He has extensive experience of the shortest form of the game, captaining his country in the first ever T20 international against in 2005, and then leading the side in the first two editions of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and 2009.

"I loved working with the squad last year against Sri Lanka and I can't wait to be working alongside Darren, Troy and Matthew this time around," Ponting said.

"Watching the in my role as a has shown me we have a wealth of talent available to us in this format and a tri-series like this will give us a great chance to establish a pattern of play that works best for the players."

The T20 series will involve matches against in (February 3) and (February 16) and in (February 7) and (February 10).

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 12:15 IST