Cape Town - Former
Australia captain Ricky Ponting says that despite enjoying his stint as
an assistant coach for the national T20 team he doesn't want a
permanent role just yet.
Ponting has been asked to assist in the absence of the regular
backroom staff who have travelled to India along with the Test squad.
The scheduling of the T20I series against Sri Lanka means that none of
the Test regulars could take part in this series and naturally the
support staff would be unable to as well.
Justin Langer has taken the head coach role with Jason Gillespie and
Ricky Ponting supporting Langer, who also led the team in a
triangular ODI series in the Caribbean last year.
"It's all different stuff now, different colours, different sponsors, but it was a great feeling," Ponting told cricket.com.au.
When asked about a full-time coaching role Ponting replied: "Not just
now, but from the minute I got the phone call from Justin (Langer) wanting me to
be involved for these three games I was very excited.
"I work covering the Big Bash so I get a good look at the players and have a good understanding of how they play.
"To be able to be with them over the next week or two and help them
out, hopefully win some games for Australia, it should be a very
Ponting is looking forward to working with a young team and also the opportunity to re-unite with former team-mates.
"We should be able to bring our own sort of dynamic to the team," said Ponting.
"The team will have its own little dynamic, but the three of us
played together for so many years and we know each other very well.
"We're all slightly different as well, which probably helps as a coaching group."
Ponting admits to enjoying coaching at least in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but was
unwilling to commit to any sort of full-time coaching job just yet.
"Coaching in the IPL was really challenging and a lot of
fun... to get a real taste for what coaching is all about was great.
"As a past player who's been ultra competitive all through your playing time and then when your career ends, that all goes away.
"Coaching is a way to add a bit more of that competitiveness back into life.
"That's one thing I've said to the boys over the last couple of days,
I'm a pretty competitive person and if I see things around the group
that aren’t the way I want them, I'll let them know and make sure they
up the ante and get everything out of themselves."