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Ponting open to coaching, selection
The ex-Test skipper says he'd consider taking on selection or coaching roles with the national side
23 November 2016, 09:20 PM AEST
Ricky Ponting says he is open to considering Australian cricket's vacant chairman of selectors position or a coaching role with the national team.
Admitting he has more time on his hands after stepping aside as coach of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians, Ponting says he is eager to "get involved somewhere" but has yet to formally open discussions with Cricket Australia.
The former Test captain has been touted as a strong potential candidate for the chairman of selectors role vacated by Rod Marsh following the Australian team'sf fifth consecutive Test defeat in Hobart.
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"I've got two more months now that I wouldn't normally have with Mumbai not happening anymore," Ponting told AAP during the World Cup of Golf celebrity pro-am in Melbourne on Wednesday.
"There's a bit more time on our hands than I had before."
The 41-year-old said considerable time spent on the road was an obstacle he'd need to ponder carefully before putting his hand up for the selection position.
"Look, I haven't been asked anything about that job and it's a huge commitment; a massive time commitment," said Ponting.
"I'd consider it and have a think about it, but I'd have to talk to my family about it as well.
"With that role, you're probably on the road for six or seven months of the year and I've done that for 20 years."
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The retired Test batsman has already been in talks with Cricket Australia about getting involved in a coaching capacity, but is unsure whether he can commit to a regular gig with the national side.
"I've said to Cricket Australia from the moment I've finished I'm happy to get involved somewhere and help out where I can," said Ponting.
"Full-time coaching roles for me around the Aussie team are something that we need to work through and talk about so we'll see what happens there," Ponting said.
The former skipper dismissed talk the Australian Test team had developed culture problems, despite it's horror run of defeat both abroad and at home.
"The culture is fine ... don't worry about the culture. Those questions are always asked when the team's not playing well," he said.
"The last few weeks the team has left itself open for criticism because the results haven't gone their way. With (coach) Darren Lehmann and (captain) Steve Smith ... it'll be fine."
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