Ponting to retire from test cricket

Ponting to retire from test cricket

Ricky Ponting has announced he is retiring from test cricket, after the final match against South Africa, which begins in Perth tomorrow.

Ponting will equal Steve Waugh’s record of 168 tests when he takes to the field tomorrow and has scored over 13,300 Test runs.

The former captain says his passion for the game has not diminished, but it is time for him to retire.

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke hopes the outgoing batsman scores a ton against South Africa.

“I’d love nothing more than to win this Test match, get back to being number one and for Ricky to get a big hundred. What a way for him to go out.”

His test career began in 1995, when he debuted against Sri Lanka in Perth.

Since then he has become Australia’s most decorated player, being the only Australian and just one in three batsmen, to score over 13,000 runs in his test career.

Statistically, he is the most successful captain of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 31 December 2010, while as a player he is also the only cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test victories.

Among those who have paid tribute to Ponting is Prime Minister Julia Gillard who looked back on his career during the last day of Federal Parliament for the year.

“He will go into the next phase of his life with a lot of gratitude and a lot of thanks from the Australian community, full as it is of cricket tragics.”

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott also paid tribute to the former captain.

“I rise to join the Prime Minister in congratulating Ricky Ponting as an Australian cricket captain, as someone who has given tremendous pleasure to cricket lovers around the world.”   

Ponting will play out the rest of the Sheffield Shield season for Tasmania and the Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes, before hanging up his boots.

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