A video of the press conference of the former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s announcement of retirement from international cricket.

Former Australia captain Ricky 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, as reported by AFP.

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.