Ponting joins Australia as assistant coach

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Australia great Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach for their Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

The former captain will join Justin Langer, the interim head coach, and Jason Gillespie - also assistant - for the three-game series in February.

The trio take control of the team with Darren Lehmann and David Saker in India ahead of a Test series.

Ponting, who captained Australia to World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007, said he was excited by the opportunity.

"I always said when I retired that I wanted to get back involved and what better way to do it than alongside a couple of my best mates in cricket, Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie," he said.

"We have some incredible Twenty20 talent in this country and I can't wait to work with JL, Dizzy and those selected to have a real crack at doing [something] special for Australia's Twenty20 international ambitions."

Australia's T20 series against Sri Lanka begins in Melbourne on February 17.