Perth: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday announced that he will retire from Test cricket after playing in the third Test against South Africa which begins from Friday.
"A few hours ago I let the team know that this upcoming Test will be my last," Ponting said at a hastily-called press conference.

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"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."
Following a poor start to the Test series with low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide, Ponting said he was troubled by the "tentative" manner of his dismissals.
In the second Test in Adelaide, he was bowled twice in the same match for only the second time in a career that began in 1995.
Ponting has managed just 20 runs from three innings in two Tests so far against South Africa.
He has scored 13,366 Test runs at an average of 52.21 and scored an Australian record of 41 centuries.
 Ponting will retire at his 168th Test match, which would be the same as that of former captain Steve Waugh's record Australian appearance.

Ponting’s Test career at a glance

Ricky Thomas Ponting was born on December 19, 1974 in Launceston, Tasmania.  The 37-year old cricketer has played 167 Test matches scored 13,366 runs.  Ponting is also called as ‘Punter’ by his loved ones.  The Right-hand batsman has a phenomenal Test career and stands only below Sir Don Bradman in Australia’s overall rating.

Ponting made his Test debut against Sri Lanka on December 8, 1995 and was given out unluckily on 96.  Only Sachin Tendulkar has more centuries in Tests than Ponting.

Match Inns NO Runs HS Ave
SR 100 50
29 13366 257 52.21 58.74 41 62


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