One of Australia's greatest cricketers, Ricky Ponting on Thursday announced his retirement from Test cricket after playing in the third Test against South Africa in Perth.

In a press conference, Ponting said, "A few hours ago I let the team know that this upcoming Test will be my last.""It's a decision I thought long and hard about, put in long consideration about the decision, at the end of the day it was about my results and my output in this series so far," Ponting said.

Following a poor start to the Test series with low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide, Ponting said he was troubled by the "tentative" manner of his dismissals.