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Ricky Ponting to join Sky Sports' Ashes coverage

Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting signs up to Sky Sports' punditry team for this summer's Ashes coverage.

Sky Sports has confirmed that Ricky Ponting will be part of the broadcaster's team for this summer's Ashes coverage.

The 40-year-old Australian will provide insight and analysis during the highly-anticipated showdown between England and Australia on UK shores.

Ponting will deliver his views alongside regular pundits Sir Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain, David Gower, Michael Atherton, Ian Ward, Michael Holding, David Lloyd and Shane Warne.

"I can't wait to team up with Sky Sports for The Ashes in England this summer," said Ponting. "It's still the greatest event in cricket and I hope to give all the Sky viewers the latest insights as well as having some fun with Nasser, Bumble and the team."

From July 1, Sky Sports 2 will be rebranded as Sky Sports Ashes for two months as England try to win back the famous urn following a heavy 5-0 defeat to the Aussies last winter.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

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