A video of Cricket Australia (CA) paying tribute to the veteran cricketer Ricky Ponting, who will retire after the end of the third and final Test match between Australia and South Africa at Perth.

According to a report, Ponting's decision to retire could be the start of an exodus of other batting greats, including Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar and South Africa's Jacques Kallis.

With all the leading run-getters in Test cricket in the 35-plus age bracket, the next few years seem set to witness a host of retirements that will leave the game short of batting class and experience.

Former Australia captain Ponting's decision to retire could be the start of an exodus of other batting greats, including Indian maestro Tendulkar, who is without a Test century since early last year and will be 40 in April, appears to be next in line to call it quits.