Aussie cricket fans in frenzy over major Ricky Ponting news

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Ricky Ponting (pictured) during Australian cricket training.
Ricky Ponting (pictured) has joined the Hobart Hurricanes as a cricket strategist in the upcoming BBL season. (Getty Images)

The Hobart Hurricanes have landed a massive coup to bring home Australian cricket royalty Ricky Ponting as their lead strategists for the upcoming Big Bash season.

Ponting most recently coached the Delhi Capitals in a successful IPL campaign.

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The Aussie is considered to have one of the most astute cricket minds in the game and his signing on a three-year deal with the Hurricanes is a huge bonus.

"I'm passionate about the progression of Tasmanian and Australian cricket across all forms of the game so to be asked to take on such a critical role for the Hurricanes is really special," Ponting said in a statement on Thursday.

"I'm looking forward to getting to work and securing the best coach for what we need then building a plan for the team to execute next season.

"With a few tweaks in a couple of key areas, I believe the Hurricanes have the foundations to win our first BBL trophy."

Ricky Ponting, pictured here in action for the Hobart Hurricanes in 2013.
Ricky Ponting in action for the Hobart Hurricanes in 2013. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Aussie cricket fans praise Ricky Ponting move

Ponting is often seen in the commentary box for Channel 7 during the Big Bash season.

However, it appears he will swap out his role to help the Hurricanes.

Ponting has been one of the most-sought after identities in world cricket, holding specialist coaching roles with the Australian team.

And landing at the Hobart Hurricanes had many fans excited.

Cricket Tasmania had long coveted Ponting's return to the state in some form.

"To be honest, I think Ricky probably just said 'yes' as he was sick of me hassling him to come and join us," Cricket Tasmania's chief executive officer Dominic Baker said.

"Really, it is such a win for not only the Hurricanes and Tasmanian cricket, but for the (Big Bash) League itself.

"In my mind, Ricky is undoubtedly the best T20 strategist in the world.

"And as a proud Tasmanian, we are thrilled to have him overseeing the direction of Tasmania's team for at least the next three seasons."

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