Home > News >

Ricky Ponting to retire after third Test in Perth

Ricky Ponting to retire after third Test in Perth

Ricky Ponting struggled with poor form in the first two Tests against South Africa © Getty Images

Perth: Nov 29, 2012

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting called time on his 17-year Test career, announcing that this week’s clash against South Africa in Perth will be his last.

“This Test will be my last,” he said at a hastily-called press conference on Thursday, adding that he will continue to play for Tasmania in the domestic competition this summer.

Ponting, who turns 38 next month, has failed in three innings against the Proteas during draws in Brisbane and Adelaide and pressure has been building on the veteran ahead of Friday’s series decider in Perth.

Perth will be a fitting conclusion to a remarkable career.

It is where he debuted against Sri Lanka in 1995 and by playing Friday he will equal Steve Waugh‘s mark of 168 Test matches — the most in the history of Australian cricket.

After being made Australian captain in 2004, the right-hander went onto become one of the  country’s greatest cricketers.

The Tasmanian, who has 13,366 Test runs to his name — including 41 centuries with only Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar scoring more — said he knew it was time to call it a day.

“Over the last couple of weeks my level of performance hasn’t been good enough,” said Ponting, who had already been dumped from the one-day and Twenty20 international squads.

“My passion and love for the game hasn’t changed but at the end of the day (the decision) was based on my results.

“In this series so far they have not been up to the level required of batsmen and players in the Australian team.

“I’m glad I have got the opportunity to finish on my terms.”

An emotional Michael Clarke, the current captain, said Ponting would be sorely missed and his announcement took him by surprise.

“I didn’t have a feeling it was coming,” he said of his friend and mentor. “Ricky spoke to me after Adelaide and obviously made his decision over the last few days.

“The boys (team) are obviously hurting right now. He’s been an amazing player for a long time.”

Clarke added that the announcement would only fire up the side to win the third Test, where the number one ranking in Test cricket will be on the line.

“It will only give us more inspiration,” said Clarke as he fought back tears.

In a statement, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland described Ponting as one of the best players ever to pad up for his country.

“Ricky has had an extraordinary career and has made an extraordinary contribution, including through the example he has set for other elite players and through the excitement he has given fans, young and old,” he said.

“I think his record until he retired as captain was outstanding but my respect for him since then has actually increased, seeing first-hand how he stepped back to become a total team player.

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Cardiff

More

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 177 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

Photos

England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough

Videos

Morgan talks upcoming ODI series and World Cup

India tour of England 2014: Blaming WAGs for India’s poor run is childish

India look to regain confidence in warm-up match ahead of ODI series against England

India tour of England 2014: Visitor’s recent record in overseas ODIs a cause for concern

India tour of England 2014: Is county cricket really the answer for Indian batsmen?

India vs England 2014: Ideal opportunity for Sanju Samson and other youngsters to shine

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ravi Shastri South Africa tour of Zimbabwe 2014 South Africa vs Zimbabwe Sri Lanka West Indies Zimbabwe Zimbabwe vs South Africa Zimbabwe vs South Africa 2014

Eoin Morgan believes England must be more aggressive in ODIs

Shoaib Malik: When playing for Pakistan, my role in the team is not made clear

West Indies steamroll Bangladesh by 177 runs in 2nd ODI at Grenada, take series 2-0

Yuvraj Singh pays tributes to yoga guru Iyengar

CAB’s appeal in Supreme Court transferred to different bench

India tour of England 2014: India among teams losing three tests in a series after being 1-0 ahead

Stephen Fleming: New Zealand tour to England in 1999 is one of my best moments

India tour of England 2014: Blaming WAGs for India’s poor run is childish

India look to regain confidence in warm-up match ahead of ODI series against England

India tour of England 2014: Visitor’s recent record in overseas ODIs a cause for concern

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Shoaib Malik: Misbah-ul-Haq comparisons with MS Dhoni unfair

Brendan Rodgers confident that Mario Balotelli will not negatively affect Liverpool’s ambience

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita let Simmi live with her husband?

Apple iPhone 6 confirmed by Chinese carrier ahead of September 9 launch

Rajkumar Hirani, Gauri Shinde, Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Anurag Basu to do cameos in Amitabh Bachchan’s Shamitabh!

Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 spotted on Indian import manifest

5 diseases that may give you no warning signs

Latest Ebola News: Why pregnant women and infants are more susceptible to Ebola

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here