The bonus Ashes side effect of Ricky Ponting's World Cup coaching role

Steve Larkin
The bonus Ashes side effect of Ricky Ponting's World Cup coaching role

Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach for Australia's looming World Cup campaign – but it will also boost the nation's hopes of winning the Ashes.

The former Test skipper, who competed at five World Cups and captained his country at three, will work with the limited-overs batsmen after the upcoming series against India and Pakistan.

But the key to his appointment is the bonus Ashes component.

While Ponting helps out Langer with the white-ball campaign, regular batting coach Graeme Hick will focus on the Test series against England.

"Ricky knows what's required to win World Cups and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad," Langer said in a statement on Friday.

"He has an impressive understanding of the game, he knows what's required to prepare and perform at the elite level, and we can't wait for him to get started working with the squad."

Ponting, who has previously worked short-term with Australia's ODI and Twenty20 squads, will also head coach Justin Langer with game plan strategy.

Australia's World Cup campaign begins on June 1.

Ricky Ponting will join Justin Langer's staff for Australia's World Cup defence. Pic: Getty

"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.

"I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team."

Cricket Australia's high performance manager Belinda Clark said Hick would be redeployed to focus on the Ashes series starting on August 1.

"With two major events back-to-back we believe it is important to focus a number of staff specifically on one event," Clark said.

"The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy."