BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Ricky Ponting of the BBC commentary team speaks on air before play on day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Ricky Ponting could be in line for a sensational move to the English set-up as they desperately attempt to overhaul their blowout Ashes loss.

It's understood English coach Chris Silverwood will have his contract torn up at the end of the Ashes.

The head coach, who is currently isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, has led England through a dismal 12 months, with the nation losing all of their Test series since a victory over Sri Lanka in January, as well as being knocked out of the T20 World Cup despite going into the tournament as favourites.

The Daily Telegraph have reported that England identify Ponting as the dream replacement for Silverwood, although it would seem somewhat unlikely.

Ponting currently has roles in cricket with Cricket Australia and the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, while he works in media with Channel 7 during the Australian summer, meaning it may not only be unlikely, but financially not viable for Australia's long-time foes to rip Ponting away and hand him a coaching job.

Silverwood regardless is likely to be replaced with England coming under constant fire for their tactics and team selections throughout the summer, with question marks also surrounding the future of captain Joe Root.

Paul Collingwood is the current assistant coach within the English set up and could be the man to take over if Silverwood is moved on, while England Cricket Board managing director Ashely Giles will also arrive for the fourth and fifth Ashes Tests to conduct a review of the series.