Australia’s Ricky Ponting announces his retirement from Test cricket
Australia's highest Test run-scorer and former captain Ricky Ponting announces he will retire from international cricket
Australia’s most successful captain Ricky Ponting will call time on his 17-year international career after the third Test against South Africa.
The 37-year-old cited a lack of form in the current series against the Proteas as the main factor in his decision.
The batsman, who will be 38 next month, has scored 20 runs in three innings so far with the final Test to come in Perth on Friday.
“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.
“It hasn’t been to the level required for batsmen and players in the Australian team. My level of performance hasn’t been good enough.
Ponting won 48 Test matches as captain, surpassing Steve Waugh’s record of 41 during Australia’s 5-0 drubbing of England in 2009/10 series.
He is hoping to bow out with a win against South Africa that would put Australia number one in the ICC Test rankings – a fitting end to a fantastic career.
“I want to be a consistent performer, and if you look back over the last 12 or 18 months I haven’t been able to perform consistently.
“That’s why I believe the time is right now to be making this decision.”
After the Test, Ponting will continue to play for his home state Tasmania and will play for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.