Ponting to join Aussie ODI tour of England

Ricky Ponting (pic) will join new Australian cricket coach Justin Langer on the ODI tour of England

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting will join new coach Justin Langer's support team for Australia's limited-overs tour of England.

Ponting, who was already set to be in the UK on commentary duties, will link up with Langer for the five one-dayers and one Twenty20 game against England.

Ponting coached Australia's T20 team in 2017 alongside Langer against Sri Lanka at home, and with Darren Lehmann for the T20 tri-series earlier this year involving England and New Zealand.

Langer said he was thrilled to have Ponting on board.

"Ricky is one of the greats of the game and, since he was already in England doing some commentary, we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series," Langer said.

"We have played a lot of cricket together and coached alongside each other previously, and he will also know many of the players already through his work with the team over the past two summers and his BBL commitments.

"Ricky's knowledge of the game is second to none, and we know that his experiences, tactical expertise and leadership will be invaluable for this group, as we start to build a team capable of winning a World Cup in these conditions in a year's time."

Ponting will begin his role on 10 June, working with the squad around his existing commentary commitments.

He played in three World Cup-winning 50-over sides in 1999, 2003 and 2007 - the last two as captain - and coached the Delhi Daredevils at this year's Indian Premier League.