Ponting calls time on his career

Updated: November 29, 2012

One of the greatest International careers will come to an end in 6 days, as former Australian captain and leading run scorer for the “Baggy Greens,” Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from the game, following the third and final Test against South Africa beginning in Perth tomorrow.

At 37, it was inevitable for Ponting to have made this decision, and by his own admission his recent performances aren’t up to the high standards he has set during his 17 year career and don’t warrant a place in the Australian set up on form. Ponting will know through all of his experience that nobody should be selected on reputation especially at International level.

Ponting made his test debut at the age of 20 against Sri Lanka at the WACA  a week shy of 17 years ago, making 96 in his one innings as Australia won by an innings and 36 runs. Fittingly he will finish his career at the WACA, equaling the 168 Test match record with Allan Border. Ponting dominated the world attacks scoring 13366 Test runs at an average of just over 52 with 41 centuries, second only behind Sachin Tendulkar. As captain of his country his record is astounding. He led Australia to 162 one day wins, in including 2 World Cups, 48 Test wins including a run of 16 in succession. Personal accolades have come his way with regularity, most poignantly the ICC Test player of the year in 2006 and 2007.

Australia could regain top spot if they defeat South Africa in Perth in his final Test, perhaps one final century and a series win will be a fitting farewell to one of the greatest players the game has seen.

Farewell Ricky Ponting.