Punter approached as Batting Consultant of Australia

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Sydney:Cricket Australia (CA)'s executive general manager of team performance, Pat Howard on Thursday said he "would love" to have former captain Ricky Ponting as a batting consultant with the national side, with discussions between the two parties having already taken place. Ponting, Australia's leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs, has already had success as a head coach with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), winning the tournament at his first attempt earlier this year. "We have spoken to Ricky a few times this year to be around the side. I am certainly very open to getting him involved and we would love to have him on board," Howard was quoted by the official Cricket Australia website."I sense Ricky would also love to be involved. His time commitments are obviously one of the big challenges," he said.

Seeking the expertise of legends is not a foreign concept for Australia under the coaching of Darren Lehmann, with Shane Warne and Muthiah Muralitharan both being called upon to offer assistance to the spin-bowling group at different times.Lehmann also recently said he was in regular discussions with Western Australia coach and Test batting great Justin Langer, adding: "There's always dialogue behind the scenes with all our former greats to be perfectly honest … they're always welcome.