Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting today has announced his retirement from International Cricket. Ponting will play his last international match at Perth in what would be the Third and Final Test between Australia and South Africa.
Ricky Ponting came into the tests against South Africa in good state cricket form, racking up 355 runs for Tasmania at 118.33. Yet the man who is perhaps Australia’s greatest player since Bradman has failed in every visit to the crease so far this series and as he himself admits, is running out of time.
Following a roaring series against India, it seemed like Ricky Ponting’s career had come on track for a brief period. However, failures in the Tests against South Africa, and his career seems near the end again.
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One of Australia’s best batsman and former Captain Ricky Ponting has informally retired from One Day Internationals. The 37-year-old Ponting has expressed this decision in a press conference at Sydney after he was axed from the CB Series by the Selectors following a string of low scores.