Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia's assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker quit the position.
Ponting, the former Australia captain who led the team to two World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, will take up his role after the forthcoming series against India and Pakistan with current batting coach Graeme Hick shifted to focus on preparations for the Ashes.
His appointment follows the comments of CEO Kevin Roberts on Thursday that he was keen to employ more former players in short-term coaching roles. Ponting has previously been involved with the national side in that capacity, but working at the World Cup will be the highest profile role he has had with Australia since finishing his playing career.
"I'm really excited to be joining the coaching group for this year's World Cup," Ponting said. "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."
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