Ponting expresses interest in Oz coaching role


Batting legend Ricky Ponting has expressed an interest in coaching the Australia team in the future but says he will only take on a serious role with the national side in three years.

Ponting, will be going into his second season as coach of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after winning the title in his first year, says it will be fun to work with the current crop of players in Australia's team.

The 41-year-old Ponting told Cricket Australia's website: "I would love to be working with (David) Warner and (Steve) Smith along with some of the young guns like (Usman) Khawaja and (Joe) Burns – that will be a lot of fun.  

"I know I will thoroughly enjoy it, but right now I have the Big Bash commentary and two months with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The rest of the time I like to spend time with my family."

Ponting spoke about the time frame of when he could possibly be involved with the Australia team on a full-time basis.

He said: "To be honest, I have not thought that far ahead (to 2019), (but) thinking about it now, my family will be a lot older, the girls will be nearly teenagers then so maybe I'll want to be getting out of the house (laughs).

"I love everything about being involved with a team. That is what my life has been about – it is about being in cricket changing rooms and trying to figure out ways to be a better player, or as a coach now I'm always trying to find ways of improving others.

"If I can improve as a coach this year and I can improve the players, that is a step in the right direction."