Ex- Australian skipper Ricky Ponting today called time on his Test career, announcing this week’s match against South Africa in Perth will be his last.
“A couple of hours ago I let the team know that this forthcoming Test will be my last,” he said at a hastily-called media conference, adding that he will continue to play for Tasmania in the household contest this season.
Ponting, who turns 38 next month, has failed in 3 innings against South Africa during draws in Brisbane and Adelaide and pressure has been developed on the 167-Test experienced ahead of Friday’s series decider in Perth. He will equal Steve Waugh’s mark of 168 Tests in the forthcoming game — the most in the history of Aussie cricket.
Ricky Ponting, who’s 13,336 Test runs to his name, including 41 hundreds with only Sachin Tendulkar scoring more, said it was time to call it a day.
“Over the last two weeks my level of performance has not been good,” he said.
“My love and passion for the cricket has not changed but at the end of the day (the decision) were depending on my results.
“In this series so far they haven’t been up to the level needed of batsmen and cricketers in the Australian squad.
“I’m happy I’ve got the chance to finish on my terms.”