Botham, Lara, Pietersen & more: Twitter reacts to Ponting’s retirement

Ian Botham, Brian Lara and Kevin Pietersen tweet their thoughts after Australia legend Ricky Ponting announces his retirement

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Kevin Pietersen heaped praise on Ricky Ponting Photo: The Sport Review

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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting called time on his international Test career on Thursday.

The 37-year-old earned 167 caps and scored 13,366 runs during a 17-year career, and his team-mates and opponents hailed the batsman’s achievements on Twitter.

England bowler Graeme Swann ‏(@Swannyg66) heaps praise on Ponting: “You have to take your hat off to Ricky Ponting calling time on a magnificent career. Hell of a player.”

England legend Ian Botham ‏(@BeefyBotham) is ready to take on Ponting on the golf courses: “Another great player retires… Aussie legend Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting! Fabulous career….now lookout the golf courses of the world!!”

Kevin Pietersen ‏(@kevinpp24) hails a legend: “Ricky Ponting retires…. ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing Australia, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter! #legend”

England bowler Stuart Broad ‏(@StuartBroad8) can see Ponting hitting a century in his final Test: “Huge respect for how Ponting played the game. Tough competitor Aussies will miss him. 100 at Perth to finish?”

West Indies legend Brian Lara ‏(@BrianLara) has his say: “‘I know I’ve given my all, It’s been life for 20 years. Not much more I can give,’ Ponting said. Ricky you will go down as one of the greats!”

England all-rounder Luke Wright ‏(@lukewright204) is honoured to have faced Ponting: “Sad to see Ricky Ponting retiring. Absolute legend of the game. So proud to have played international cricket against him.”

Ponting’s former team-mate Shane Warne (‏@warne888) praises his former skipper: “Congratulations to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter…Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you !!!”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan ‏(@MichaelVaughan) describes Ponting as the best batsman he has faced: “The best batsman I had the privilege to play against … Ricky Ponting… #Punter Australia cricket will not be the same without him… he was very underestimated bowler as well… Quicker than he looks…!!!”

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior (‏@MattPrior13) agrees: “Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career. One of, if not the best batsmen, I’ve ever played against and fierce opponent!#legendofthegame”

Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath (glennmcgrath11) pays tribute to his friend: “Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside you.”

Ex-Australia opener Matthew Hayden (HaydosTweets) adds some mind words: “Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian cricket team.”

Finally, cricket fan and former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann ‏(@DietmarHamann) hopes to see the former Australia captain still in the sport: “Ricky Ponting calls it a day ….What a career – let’s hope he stays in cricket in some capacity #Punter!”

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