Ponting becomes talent scout

Australia

National Scouting Report Australia have hired former Test captain Ricky Ponting on a two-year contract.

National Scouting Report Australia have hired former Test captain Ricky Ponting on a two-year contract.

The Victoria-based company specialises in accommodating junior athletes in the American college system.

"I always considered myself one of the lucky ones," Ponting told <i>AAP</i>. "I was spotting young and my first stint at the cricket academy, a group of guys in Launceston put some money together – and put me on a plane."

The 39-year-old Ponting, who retired from international cricket in late 2012, will help facilitate the corporation's bid to garner suitable soccer, golf, tennis and rowing scholarships across the United States.

"If they don't make it as a professional athlete, they return to Australia with a great education. It could just be the best four years of their life, whether they make it in their sport or not," he added.

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