Australia's former captain Ricky Ponting has put his hand up for a role with the national team, expressing interest in either a selection or coaching job in the wake of the side's present slump. He recently concluded his coaching tenure with Mumbai Indians in the IPL, and there has been some speculation over whether he may be the right man to help drive the Australian team back to better health.
"I'd consider it. I said from the moment I retired that Australian cricket is me. I love Australian cricket and some of the guys that are playing now, I played cricket with them," Ponting told the Age. "I'm open to discuss any role with Cricket Australia and whatever they come to me with, I'll talk to my family and if we can make it work then great, because I want the best for Australian cricket and I think I've got a lot to offer as far as that's concerned."
Ponting reflected on the departure of the former selection chairman Rod Marsh and the unforgiving nature of the job. "It's a tough job and it's a thankless job as well," Ponting said. "If you pick a team and it wins, you don't get any credit, but if you pick a team and it loses all of a sudden you're the worst in the world.
"It's a huge commitment; a massive time commitment. I'm still incredibly passionate about the game and about Australian cricket, but it's hard to find a role that's going to work both for me and for Cricket Australia."
Since his retirement from international cricket in 2012, Ponting has worked in a range of cricket and media roles, and kept in touch with the team. He was among the select circle of people the team performance manager Pat Howard spoke to around the appointment of Darren Lehmann as coach in place of Mickey Arthur in 2013.