Ricky Ponting announces his retirement

PERTH: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday called time on his 17-year Test career, announcing this week's clash against South Africa in Perth will be his last. 

"This Test will be my last," he said at a hastily-called press conference, adding that he will continue to play for Tasmania in the domestic competition this summer.

Ponting, who turns 38 next month, has failed in three innings against the proteas during draws in brisbane  and Adelaide and pressure has been building on the veteran ahead of Friday's series decider in Perth.

Perth will be a fitting conclusion to a remarkable career.


Matches: 167
Innings: 285
Runs: 13366
Highest score: 257
Average: 52.21
50s: 62
100s: 41


Matches: 375
Runs: 13704
Highest score: 164
Average: 42.03
50s: 82
100s: 30


ICC Player of the Year: 2006, '07
ICC Test Player of the Year: 2003, '04, '06
One-Day International Player of the Year: 2002
Allan Border Medal: 2004, '06, '07, '09
Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 2006


Most victories as Test captain: 48
Most victories as ODI captain: 165
Most Test runs by an Australian (second overall): 13,366 runs
Most Test centuries by an Australian: 41
Most Test runs in a calendar year by an Australian: 1544 in 2005
Most one-day international runs by an Australian (second overall): 13,704
Most one-day international appearances by an Australian: 352
Most one-day international centuries by an Australian: 30
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