Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

Ponting to retire after Perth Test

Daniel Brettig

November 29, 2012

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Ricky Ponting speaks to reporters at a press conference during which he said the Perth Test will be his last, Perth, November 29, 2012
"I'm glad I've got the opportunity to go out on my terms" © AFP

As emotional as anyone has ever seen him, Ricky Ponting lost his customary composure when telling team-mates of his decision to retire from international cricket on the eve of the third Test against South Africa in Perth.

For so long the stony-faced embodiment of Australian cricket, Ponting and other members of the squad wept as they came to terms with the fact a Test career that began at the WACA ground in 1995 would end at the same ground 17 years later. "I tried to tell them a lot, but I didn't get much out," Ponting said. "As I said to the boys this morning, they've never seen me emotional, but I was this morning."

If the decision drew a previously unseen well of feeling from within Ponting, its reasons were coldly logical and team-oriented. After failing twice with the bat in Adelaide and thrice in this series, having given himself the best possible lead-in via domestic cricket Ponting concluded that he was no longer good enough to perform at the level he preferred. For so long Ponting's watchword had been consistency - now he spoke ruefully of "consistent failure".

Other considerations included choosing the best circumstances in which to allow his successor in the batting order to get started, a question Ponting had also pondered when handing over the captaincy to Clarke in 2011. As befitted a man whose proudest career achievement is to have played in more Test wins than any other cricketer, Ponting was also keen for the announcement to inspire, not overshadow, Australia's tilt at the world No. 1 ranking in this match.

"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.

"I want to be a consistent performer, and if you look back over the last 12 or 18 months I haven't been able to perform consistently. I've had moments of really good stuff, and prolonged moments of cricket that's been below my expectations and below a par level for me, so there hasn't been one dismissal or one moment, it's just been in my own eyes reasonably consistent failure. That's why I believe the time is right now to be making this decision."

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 Adelaide he was bowled twice in the same match for only the second time in a career that began in 1995.

That double was the catalyst for a typically frank interview with his first Test captain Mark Taylor on Channel Nine on the fourth morning in Adelaide, in which Ponting said he was soon to be discussing his future with the selectors. Discussions about retirement commenced during the Test, though Ponting said he always retained the support of the selectors, and made the call himself.

"I believe so, there's been all sorts of things in the papers the last couple of days and I know certainly with my captain and my coach I couldn't have had any more support from those guys," Ponting said. "They've been the ones who've been most verbal about their support.

"This is not a decision that's been made by the selectors, this a decision that's been made by me, and I'd like to thank all those guys for the support they've given me over the last 12 months. There were probably moments when they thought long and hard about ending my career and I'm glad I've got the opportunity to finish this way and on my terms."

The effect of Ponting's retirement was writ large across the red eyes of the captain, Michael Clarke. In summing up the few days leading up to the announcement, Clarke became so teary that he recalled the welling up of emotion that accompanied Kim Hughes' exit as captain in 1984. While the reasons were entirely different, the feeling was equally strong - Clarke could not answer another question about his team-mate, friend and predecessor as captain.

"I didn't have a feeling it was coming," Clarke said. "Ricky spoke to me after the Adelaide Test match and made his decision I guess over the last few days. The boys are obviously hurting at the moment. He's been an amazing player for a long time. [Deep breath and starts to tear up]… and that'll do me for today. Sorry, I can't answer that."

Ponting will play out the domestic season for Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL. He does not yet know what will be ahead of him beyond the summer, but gestured towards his wife Rianna and children when queried about what the future held.

"I've got a few months of cricket yet, which I am really looking forward to. I really enjoyed the start of this season playing cricket with Tasmania and back with some of my mates - really I place I haven't spent a lot of time for near on the last 20 years. So I'll enjoy that for what it is, but this is my new team here," Ponting said, pointing to his family.

As for the question of his contribution to cricket, Ponting had a simple and affecting answer. While delivering it he came close to tears again, those his team-mates had shared a few hours before.

"I know I've given cricket my all," Ponting said. "It's been life for 20 years. Not much more I can give."

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Posted by Scube on (December 2, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

It's probably an open secret that I was never a great fan of Ricky, but it's only fair to acknowledge a splendid career and my heartfelt wishes for one last hurrah during the 2nd innings in Perth! Unfortunately, one of my lasting memories of him would be him bad-mouthing Srinath for apologising after his (rare!) bouncer hit Ricky! Rare batsman & a tough competitor, nevertheless!

Posted by enigma77543 on (December 2, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Ponting is just a GOOD player that's overhyped as "great", just compare his record before & after Aus golden-era, he avg about 40, which is his true "level"! Most of Punter's runs came during a time when bowling standards around the world were at their lowest (except Aus bowlers, of course) & pitches at their flattest & Aussie-Juggernaut was on the roll & this was the time when Punter racked up most of his runs - against sub-standard attacks, on flatter pitches & Aus team being so powerful, the opposition bowlers were never able to attack! His tendency to put his foot way across & falling over makes him prime LBW-candidate at the time being a prime-candidate to chase wider balls to get caught behind, he'd be worse than he seems against better attacks! And avg 25 in India shows his inability to adapt against quality spin on slow turning pitches. All in all he's just a GOOD Aus player but way too overhyped as "great", just like Lillee - who didn't even succeed in sub-continent & WI.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (December 2, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

a very ordinary capt who was lucky enough to have had two extraordinary players at his disposal... when even only one of those 2 was not available he was left bereft & wanting... and without the Ashes... (again)

Posted by maheemanga on (December 1, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

I will rate Punter over Sachin without any doubt

Posted by Hammond on (December 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1- yeah, how great a captain was Ponting when he lost 3 ashes series? I'll never forget hearing Keith Stackpole on ABC when he saw Ponting's field placings "I've seen Under 11 captains set a better field than that". Ponting was the worst Australian captain I've ever seen, both in attitude to the game in general and in aptitude for the job.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 1, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Ricky Ponting was the greatest generation of his generation. Tendulkar and Lara were great but they could never match Ponting's other achievements - superb fielding, great captainship, and above all his excellent win ratio. In fact, Tendulkar was the worst captain of all time. To be considered a Legend - you have to show leadership skills, like Imran Khan. By refusing to retire while playing with an average of 15 - Tendulkar is humiliating himself and his team.

Posted by sportsfavourite on (December 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

nice comments posted by Alex_LX, even some comments that now Cricket Austrlia will pull out Ricky, but look at his performance for Australia, I am clearly stated that he has a marvelous career shows as Captain, Player, Batsman. People realize that ups & downs came in every person life but if I am that kind of career which shows lots of potential as the fine player in the cricket history. I am from Pakistan & a very small cricket lover which enjoys batting when batted, his aggression, style, pull shots, hooks, looks marvelous.

Now it's time to wish him GOODLUCK for the rest of his life & possibly he will join Cricket channel as the commentator like few of the past cricketers joins there.

Really we miss an outclass batsman who perform well for the past 16 years.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 1, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

@ ScottStevo, the facts speak for themselves I'm afraid. There's no good crying over it. Having England dominate Australia for what is now so many years must really hurt, as must all those innings defeats you suffered in your own back yard. Back to the drawing board for Australia. Within a decade you may catch up with England's fitness, skill, and depth in squad, but not soon. Watching Ponting mimic Vaughan's un-orthodox field placings because he didn't have any ideas of his own will stay long in the memory. England just have more intelligent cricket captains - try to get over it.

Posted by AKS286 on (December 1, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

HE set a foot mark for CLARKE and the future captains of Oz. very emotional, the King of Legends RICKY THOMAS PONTING.THE IDOL.

Posted by Hammond on (December 1, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

@ScottStevo- how come you didn't mention the last ashes? Check it out on cricinfo if you can't remember it- I would not hesitate to call that "domination"..

Posted by makeshift on (November 30, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

"I'm glad I've got the opportunity to go out on my terms"

He was going to sacked anyway if he failed in Perth. He just saved himself from being embarrassed!!

Posted by golax on (November 30, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I felt very sad to see Dravid and Laxman retire this year even though it was clearly the right thing to do. While that was expected, I didn't really expect to feel a similar emptiness facing the fact that we won't see Punter step out into the test arena. I'd like to request people to stop comparing his records or his career to those of others, because he is clearly one of the all-time greats and his records/career are mind-blowing in absolute terms, let alone relative.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

I think its time that few our Indian long lived batsmen take a something out of this.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (November 30, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Ronita on (November 30 2012, 01:28 AM GMT) are you real? I am sure Ricky Ponting has retired as he thought the time was right (which I would say it is in MHO) and Sachin Tendulkar never entered his head as he made this decision; saying he should have waited till Tendulkar retires may have meant playing on for another 5-10 years and he would have face being dropped from the test side, so he chose to go out after facing the current No.1 test side, fitting.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

A class act and a real good cricketer. Happy retirement Ricky! - From a Sri Lanka fan.

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 30, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, for starters, his career isn't stained with anything other than the remarkable skill with the bat and in the field and was very sporting - speaking of '05, how sporting were England when resting their bowlers and using multiple sub fielders? Suppose that's perfectly fine when England are at it, right? "Out-captained" is quite possibly the most ridiculous of English inventions! Exactly how did Vaughan out-captain him? He threw the ball to some bloke who took a wicket? Genius! Or he changed a field setting and a wicket fell shortly after? Quite comical....As for England's domination, you've had the better of our recent encounters, helped by the Gods with rain in 09 and dodgy umpiring in 05, but you've NEVER dominated Australia and never will. Look at your recent domination, it lasted 12 months, it'll be less time than that before the ashes are gone and little more before we embarrass your saffa mercs in Aus.

Posted by phonyphun on (November 30, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

SRT fans rejoice. One threat to his records takes a bow.

Posted by Alex_LX on (November 30, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

I am really blessed to have born in an era where I saw, Viv Richards, Gavaskar, Border,Imran,Kapil,Botham(when I was a kid and can't remember much but atleast I can say)and Sachin,Gilchrist,Lara,Ponting,Wasim,Waqar,Murli,Shane Warne,Walsh(when I was at one point of time looking forward to take cricket seriously). Thank you god

Posted by marcs on (November 30, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Though people comment about his poor record in India, no one can ever forget his fighting ton in his last word cup match (QF) against India.Probably the highlight of Aussies innings. Hope he comes up with a similar fighting performance in Perth.

2012 has made the cricketing world much much poorer.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 30, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Greatest Counter Attacking batsman and probably best batsman of modern time. He never afraid of losing. He is a born fighter. I never seen him quit easily. But you can't fight old age. He should be future coach of australia.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Ricky the toughest fighter! He will be in my top 7 fighters. I will add with him: Graeme Smith, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Steve Waugh, Kevin Pietersen, Ricky Ponting, Mark Boucher. This only based on last 15 years! Thanks for the entertainment Ricky! Your contribution to good hard thought cricket, was only a pleasure to watch, even as a South African supporter, you were always one of the best!

Posted by fguy on (November 30, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

we (& the world) dont rate our batsmen when they dont score outside the sub-continent & rightly so. but the same yardsticks dont seem to apply to others. ponting's record in the sub-continent is poor, his avg in india is a lower-order-esque 26.4 so he's not that great as everyone says he is.

plus i think to be a truly great sportsman is the way you represent your sport & nation. & ponting is poor in that respect too. remember when srinath, after hitting him on the helmet with a bouncer, went down the wicket to ask how he was & ponting literally screamed at him to "get lost". just one example of his cricketing spirit. now steve waugh, there's a true legend.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Ricky, could you please come over and coach our Indian side? We really need somebody of your calibre to instill some discipline and get consistent results!

Posted by Hari28395 on (November 30, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

It is generally customary of the cameras to show the opposing captain's face when a player scores a boundary.The media always wanted to see punter's reaction when India scored a boundary.IT ALWAYS WAS,ALWAYS IS,ALWAYS WILL BE THE SAME- ANGER.That is the SPIRIT THAT THIS GUY BROUGHT TO THE GAME!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 30, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Ponting - A genuine scorer of runs in all the orthodox areas of field. A career stained, however, by ill-discipline on the field. He was unquestionably one of the most un-sportsmanlike cricketers that has ever played the game. That aside, he was lucky enough to lead the best team Australia ever had, with Mcgrath/Warne/Hayden, and hence he has many a fine victory to his name. His captaincy skills, however, were infamously bad, and in 2005 the world saw his ineptness in the field as he was out-captained spectacularly by Michael Vaughan, and every Ashes series since then has been marked by the English cricket team captain Out-captaining the Australian one. His hundreds on flat wickets against inept early-2000 English bowling will stay long in memory for Aussie fans, a time so long ago now that they were better than England. How the tables turned for Australia. And how they were turned for Ponting, by an England side that dominate over them every time they meet.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Dear Ricky Ponting, Thanks for retiring finally. We have had enough of your onslaught. That jerky bat-lift gave you extra time to whip our bowlers to the fence. You won't do that anymore. Just when we thought we had reached the world cup finals in 2003 and can beat you guys in the finals, that demon in you came out and literally decimated our attack. You won't do that anymore. Whenever we toured Australia, we were always gifted by at least a double hundred by you. You won't do that anymore. That kangaroo's hop forward to hoist the ball above our bowlers' heads for sixes innumerable- you won't do that anymore. There are so many other things that you won't do anymore that ll please us no end. Most of all, we won't hear that confidence-denting, demoralizing cracking sound off your bat when you play that most accomplished, most complete, most perfect PULL SHOT ever. You won't THAT anymore.

P.S- Mr. Ricky Ponting, if you could only realize how much we admired your batting and hated you for

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 30, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Ponting - A genuine scorer of runs in all the orthodox areas of the field. A career stained, however, by ill-discipline on the field. He was unquestionably one of the most un-sportsmanlike cricketers that has ever played the game. That aside, he was lucky enough to lead the best team Australia ever had, with Mcgrath/Warne/Hayden, and hence he has many a fine victory to his name. His captaincy skills, however, were infamously bad, and in 2005 the world saw his ineptness in the field as he was out-captained spectacularly by Michael Vaughan, and every Ashes series since then has been marked by the English cricket team captain Out-captaining the Australian one. His hundreds on flat wickets against inept early-2000 English bowling will stay long in memory for Aussie fans, a time so long ago now that they were better than England. How the tables turned for Australia. And how they were turned for Ponting, by an England side that dominate over them every time they meet.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

I am a gr8 fan of Ponting, and will always cheerish his memories, and it is a good way to go, rather then stick to team for no good reason.Proud of You

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

One of the best Australian batsman after Sir Don Bradman.

Posted by jplterrors on (November 30, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Maybe Brad Haddin could replace him in the team as a BATSMEN, either that or bring S.Waugh back 2 claim the record

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Ricky Ponting kept himeself very honest by announcing the retirement even though he is aware of the fact that he will reach a milestone of maximum number of test matches played by an Australian. Now he only equals the record. This is an issue with the players in India, with them keep hanging on to their positions despite serious slump in form apart from getting aged. This is a lesson to learn.

Well done Ricky Ponting, wish you happy days ahead.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Salute Mr.Ponting You're one of my all time favorites. stll remember the finals vs India , difference between you and sachin , You 're a Match winner , big game player all the best

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

salute to one of the greatest to have taken the guard.most successful captain and only cricketer to have notched up 100 test victories. took over from steve waugh and turned one of the greatest team into the greatest team with his fearless and ruthless captaincy. felt should have waited little more till the transition of australian team is completed. dont forget he is the best fielder in any form of game and he was better than jonty rhodes, in my opinion b'cos, he has more direct hit run-outs than all the best fielders of his generation have together.

2012 saw the end of greats like dravid,laxman,strauss,bret lee and now punter and also i'd like to salute another great who retired recently-mr simon taufel

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

So, a comment forum paying heartfelt tribute to one of the greatest batsmen ever to grace the game - & what do we see? Dozens of Indian fans *still* whingeing about the Sydney Test of 2008, a match during which Harbhajan Singh called Andrew Symonds 'a monkey' & which so many of them claim they "would have won" but for a couple of dubious umpiring errors, but which history records they lost by the conclusive margin of 122 runs, a defeat that would undoubtedly have been far greater had Ponting not declared in Australia's second innings with only seven wickets down & with Hussey going strong on 145 & Johnson & Lee still waiting in the wings to flog India's tiring attack.

And you guys wonder why, when India play *any* other team, 95% of neutrals invariably root for the other side.

Posted by Kumar_NJ_USA on (November 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Love the way he batted, with purpose. Love the way he graced the game, with his presence. Love the way he exited the center-stage. Ricky, you're gonna be missed - even here in the US of A.

Posted by voice_of_reason on (November 30, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Top batsman and time for him to go. Probably deserves to go out on a high, so wouldn't begrudge him a match winning century today. Just to put the record straight about the booing he got in England. It was actually an ironic way of showing respect. Recognising the toughest competitor we would be facing, the person we needed to most get under the skin of (in the same way he wanted to get under our skin), the Barmy Army decided to start booing him in the tradition of an English pantomime villain. It's the old tactic of trying to upset the opposition's captain to undermine the team.

The 108 wins during his time in the team is incredible. Those saying he played with so many other greats that the record is diminished...well yes it is true that he played with greats but it doesn't diminish the record. SRT hasn't got anywhere near that number and he played with "greats" like Dravid, VVS, Sehwag, Kumble. That is something conveniently ignored by some fans.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Ricky Ponting, up there with the modern greats. Maybe one season too late in retiring, having said that Sachin Tendulkar should also think long and hard,as I believe he should have fallen on his sword. Jaques Kallis, please retire by end of 2013.

Posted by kriketeer on (November 30, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Best hooker and puller of a cricket ball. you name any fastest bowler or fastest pitch.. punter is the best man to watch... and perhaps learn

Posted by rohanbala on (November 30, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@Paras Rishi... While I agree that everyone has a right to his own opinion, readers like you, I am sure, cannot digest the fact that Ricky Ponting is a great cricketer and that is more so because of the fact that he is the one most likely contender to possibly break some of Sachin Tendulkar's records. There cannot be any doubt whatsoever that some of the records set by SRT can never be broken atleast in the near future and at the same time, it is equally impossible to break some of Ricky's records. Now that Ricky has retired, you can be rest assured that SRT's records are intact and you can start denouncing the next likely contender - J.Kallis.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (November 30, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

No one ever had a successful career like Ricky Ponting has had. 3 World Cups, 2 Champions Trophies, No.1 Test & ODI batsman, 50+ average in Tests, Best fielder, Countless victories as a captain and as a player and whatelse. Everyone was so jealous about his success.

Well time has come, you can not continue your peak form for entire career. He himself realized it unlike many other counterparts. Salute to Punter. He gives his best when the situation demands it. Hope he performs well in his last test to re-offer the rank he held for so many years to Australian cricket.

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 30, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

@nonsufficitorbis, Gilchrist better than Ponting - you really haven't got much of a clue. Gilchrist would hardly even be among the contenders for best Australian batsman ever! I'm also sick of hearing that he's worse than any other player as he didn't have to face his own attack nonsense - how could he? Also, I would imagine that both Lara and Tendulkar would swap their records for the success that Ponting's batting provided for his team. Actually, no, they probably wouldn't, especially not Lara who batted on to create personal history at the detriment of his own side...As for india being such a fortress - why do you think that neutral umpires were insisted upon and (still) BCCI won't take on DRS? Hometown decision central!

Posted by amlyaa on (November 30, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

as a fan of indian cricket team...i always disliked ponting, for he had that amazing ability to come good against us & specially when the occasion demanded it...he was not one of those nice guys....he played fearlessly & was always straight in your face ..i will miss this champion of a cricketer.. to me he will go down as one of the greatest ever to have wielded the willow....

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

ponting has always been an intertaning cricketer to me.the way he bated has amazed me.he is the greatest batsman to me.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (November 30, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Respect and love Ponting...From India

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

"Over-rated batsman, struggled all his life in India. Never won a single test in India as captain! 108 wins record? Thanks to Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Gilchrist, Langer and Gillespie combine!"

Paris Rishi, If he struggles then Sachin has also struggled....that doesn't mean that Ricky isn't great........He has the common sense and maturity that when he isn't performing to the fullest and is n ot fully fit, he retired.....Now as I see Sachin is just trying to prove that Indians have backbones and can level themselves the fitness level of Australians, SA's and English, which he is failing miserably....the good old Sachin is only a aging cricketer remains who doesn't want to make place for youngsters and will play for more money and more fame....Ricky was far greater than Sachin in every way

Posted by Captain_Crick on (November 30, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

One of the finest batsman to have ever played the game. A great fielder and a good captain. Played a huge role during the golden era of Australian cricket and commanded the respect of his fellow superstar mates. Had one of the best pull and hook shots in the game. Hats off to all your achievements! Farewell Ricky!

Posted by GerrardLK on (November 30, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Ricky Ponting is the best in the business.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Fantastic player and passionate competitor! May have had detractors but always proved them wrong when it counted. Will miss his nail biting, and collar turned up and buttoned up- a la Krankies. Leaves an enviable legacy

Posted by farhan.janjuah on (November 30, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Very sad to of the greatest batsman cricket has produced...i would have loved to play more cricket....will certainly miss u...

Posted by amar.patel on (November 30, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Ponting Retires... Leaving no Compitetors to break Sachin's Records.... . Now Sachin must fearlessly Retire..!!!

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

To Punter - a great person, a great player. Thank you for all you have done for Australian and World Cricket - you will be missed. Good on you for finally making this incredibly hard decision, on your terms and no-one else's (yes, looking at you Geoff Lawson, among other detractors). Enjoy your time with your family.

It is about time sites such as this more closely monitors and removes negative comments, particularly in cases where the article relates to the retirement of a great sportsman.

To PadamHCL and Paras Rishi, disgraceful comments - how about you take the lead from some of your more gracious fellow international cricket fans such as Mayan Priyadarshana, Rajendra Bohara and Manjunath Mc (plus the many others, sorry only went as far as page 1 at this point in time) and give Punter the respect he has earned over his 17 year cricketing career.

Posted by Meherdeen on (November 30, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

A Great Cricketer & A Captain. Wonderful Assessment by him and hang the boots.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

best captain so far for australia

Posted by Abhishek.2626 on (November 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@Cricket_Man . Excellent point. Dont really get it why everybody keeps commenting here with India in their minds.

Posted by PadamHCL on (November 30, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

End of an arrogant cricket person Internation ckt career..... he was an aggresive cricketer always wants his decision to be implemented in the field.

Posted by Edassery on (November 30, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

@Paras Rishi, get a life man! Just because you are an ardent fan of overrated Indian flat pitch bullies doesn't mean that Ponting is any little. He's one of the top 5 of his times. Going by your statement, it sounds like Warne and McGrawth batted for him and made 13K+ runs each in test and ODI format. Hahaha.. Learn cricket first and grow up before commenting.

Posted by Abhishek.2626 on (November 30, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Silverballs!! y do u want to unsavour such an important moment in his life? He played cricket straight. never cheated. and I dont consider him arrogant too. cmon. 2 Worldcup wins under his belt!!, a lil bit of arrogance is pardonable dude.. Dhoni acts as if he's got no equal, just after winning 1 Worldcup at home.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Over-rated batsman, struggled all his life in India. Never won a single test in India as captain! 108 wins record? Thanks to Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Gilchrist, Langer and Gillespie combine!

Posted by Cricket_Man on (November 30, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

@ Ronita, Ponting is a classy player and so is Sachin. However, not everyone has got India or Indian players on their minds while making their personal decisions. India isn't so big that somehow it is obligatory to connect it to everything. Ponting wasn't performing and thought this was the right time to retire, unlike Sachin. Just pay the guys the respect he deserves.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

crickets only champion, he was a champion batsmen, champion captain, and he played for a champion team,

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

hi punter. i am a great fan of yours and i am so sad to hear about your retirement.that's what the life is about never mind. will miss u in Australia team.have a great time ahead and finally thanks for doing hard stuff for your team for such a long time.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Wonderful player!!! end of the last link from the era of dominance.

He made Cricket viewing a nice thing, something which we shouldn't miss...

Thanks a lot Ricky...

Posted by Looch on (November 30, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

A great batsman and a great competitor, will never forget how he stood up to over the top Indian aggression and arrogance in the 07/08 series, in particular the Indian section of the media who were totally unprofessional and utterly bias and bersmirched his name so much that people like silverbails believed it and thought the Windies never sledged, what a joke!

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Saddest moment in life to read about your retirement. Your leadership, commitment and passion with determination to carry on such a high ranking career to achieve the best and win each and every game are like things to remember and watch for future generation and take inspiration.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Highest success rate captain ever to be played in Cricket history

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

we will miss you !! it was great watching you play !!

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

We will miss a great leader, great player and great sportsman...hopefully, you will always be with cricket one way or another and play a role of mentor to upcoming youngsters to be a as great as you are....God blesss...

Posted by cjvaibhav on (November 30, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

hats off to the real champion of the game... unmatched catching skills,captaincy and of course batting.. a legend in all respects.. well done Ricky Ponting.. for you sure deserve appreciation and respect from all of us.. All the controversies,scrutiny, everything forgotten,whats left is gratitude for the player who even after retiring will still be as active and as desired as any other player would..

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Maybe the SUPER BRAT of the gentlemen s game, but also one of the GREATS of modern day cricket. His accomplishments talk of his dedication & skill for the game. We will all miss your flow of the bat & also the antics of your persona on & off the field.HATS OFF RICKY you have admirers the world over.

Posted by karansagar on (November 30, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

@The_bowlers_Holding, since when Shinji Kawaga start playing cricket, and that too for the Aussies. I think you got your sports mixed up bro!

Posted by Nathan_R_Patrick on (November 30, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

Good deal punter!!! Always good to hang boots and baggy on the wall when they are clean. People don't remember the # of times you got AUS out of the trouble or many a times outright dominated the opposition under your leadership. But they do count handful failures and throw the mud on your baggy. Bravo!!! Indeed a very colorful and accomplished career. Hope to see you in the commentary box next to Ganguly :) ...

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Rick Thomas are a legend !!! thank you for lighting up the sport of cricket for over 20 years.

Posted by Ronita on (November 30, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Ponting has purposely insulted sachin by retiring early he should have waited until Sachin retired. Now Ponting has earned more respect world over, where as Sachin is down the hole. Bad Repo Sachun

Posted by Silverbails on (November 30, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

Punter was a typical Aussie cricketer: hard and uncompromising. Unfortunately, he'll ALWAYS be remembered by me from that infamous Sydney Test Vs. India, when his win-at-all-costs attitude as Captain in that match, which included heavy sledging of the opposition, stood out a mile!! Contrast that to the attitude of the legendary Indian Skipper at that time, Kumble, who although NO LESS a competitor than Ponting on the pitch displayed a completely separate and dignified persona in that game: how it SHOULD be played!! The Aussie teams which he led were good, but I'm afraid they don't COME CLOSE to the GREATEST EVER winning Test Team - the mighty Windies from the 1970's and 1980's - by virtue of their sheer enjoyment and will to win, WITHOUT the merest hint of beating opponents thru' the Aussie over-used tactic of sledging!! Sorry, Ricky, right time to go...yep. Sachin should perhaps consider a SIMILAR fate...soon!!

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

Last Match for Ricky Ponting in WACA Perth against Proteas on the same ground where he started 17 years back. We will miss u Punter..

Posted by JiminyCricket13 on (November 30, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

Good sporting gesture from the selectors to leave him in the side for this Test and risk losing the game. We will miss you Ricky, hope you knock those saffas all over the WACA.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Cricket will miss u Sir Ricky Ponting

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

am feeling bit sad .... but am damn sure that am gonna miss this guy.... i used to hate Ricky ponting wen eva he scors... and today he gonna wear that gloves for the last time...good luck punter

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

Can't wait to see Sachin Tendulkar go from the India team! Sachin.. please leave the India Team, bored of you for the past 20 years! I hope he is not targeting to play a game with his son!

Posted by durhamd on (November 30, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

As an Englishman, it's genuinely sad to hear of his retirement. The perfect 'pantomime villain,' the Ashes will be weaker without you Ricky.

A batsman more than worthy of a place amongst Bradman, Kallis and Tendulkar, I hope you have a wonderful life with your family. I hope to see you on TV sometime soon, cricket needs a mind like that for a pundit. Punter, for pundit, a legend.

As I'm only 19, I may never have seen you at your best, you Ricky. Always good fun.

Posted by KhanMitch on (November 30, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

Wow has there been a better batsman this guy, i am not sure, perhaps Sachin but that's about it. Time to get Khawaja in for the Sri Lankan series. He is among the leading shield scorer this year, has scored 5 half centuries and 2 big scores in tough conditions. His running between the wickets and fielding looks sharp as well

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

One of the Greatest Player of Modern era. I hope Pakistani Players learn from this great sport person how to retire gracefully... The game will really miss a great sportsman... All the best....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

Greatest player ever to play cricket,,,,Greater than evryone,,,Great batsman,,,great fielder,,,greatest captain,,,,,nobody matches,,for example sachin is good in batting only as was bradman,,kallis is only a all rounder not a captain,,,so that is why he is the greatest ever born ,,he was all in one cricketer

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (November 29, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

I guess the prospect of losing 4 ashes series was too much for ther old timer, he's a walking wicket, tho he did provide some truly comically cringeing moments, like screaming abuse at the Eng dressing room having been run out by Gary Pratt and he thinks it's OK to argue with umpires if things do not go his way while chewing his gum in their face. We have already seen his potential replacements, and if they were any good they would have been in the team already, but they also have been dropped... worrying times ahead for the aussie

Posted by dadaprince on (November 29, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Great Batsman. True legend. Cricket will surely miss you.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

I wish to him to score at least 100 in his Last match. i will a great for Ricky and for all fans if Ricky will hit a century. All the Best.

Posted by liaqathussain on (November 29, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

best puller and hooker of the ball a true fighter,

will be missed, that aussie middle order looks very very average with out punter

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

thats how legends acts..respect ricky...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

A true legend... one of the most exciting players to watch! Salute!

Posted by nonsufficitorbis on (November 29, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Best since Bradman? LOL! not even in Australia, mate! That would be Mr. Gilchrist.

Let's not even think about comparing him to Lara/Tendulkar. This is a guy who averages 26 in the Final Frontier! [check this, only 2 teams have won a test series in India in the last 25 years!] I challenge you to find another country that has such a super domination at home.

If Harbhajan could mentally mess him up, think about what Warney could have done, if he had the opportunity. Ponting and to some extent Kallis majorly benifitted from not having to play the 2 best bowling attacks of the last 15 years. That is a luxury that Lara/Tendulkar did not have. Even with all this help, this guy averages a good 2 points lower than Tendulkar [ and Tendulkar has played about 30 tests more]

Also please check out Ponting's average away from home and compare that with Tendulkar/Lara or even Dravid's!

Conclusion : You will be hard pressed to statistically prove this guy is a better batsman than Lara/Tendulkar!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Ricky we will miss u buddy,,i didn't like u all the time in my childhood because of u r captaincy but now i think i will miss u due to your classical batting..GOD BLESS YOU in the future buddy...

Posted by bigmax on (November 29, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

One of the finest player in the world...sad you called it a day..I still feel you have plenty of cricket left and can still command a place in Aus.middle order.I see no clear replacement to take your place especially since team still a WI fan I have tremendous respect and fear when you walk out to bat....farewell Mr.Pointing...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

I hope Tendulkar doesn't get it into his head to emulate young Ricky. I've already promised to take my future grandchildren to Lord's with me for Sachin's 500th Test in 2042.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Ricky ponting is unarguably one of the greatest player of the era and idol of many young cricket lovers across the world.The shear excitement and pleasure he provided through his extreme cricket will be missed by cricket lovers across the world. He carried the tradition of Australian cricketers in a dignified and respectable manner, i wish some senior Indian cricketers could learn something from them.I'm sorry for talking this bullshit at such glorious occasion. I will miss his pull shots most.Best of luck to Ricky for his last test and his future.A sad goodbye to punter from his avid fan.

Posted by makeshift on (November 29, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Will Tendulker now retire gracefully as he should now not feel threatened by anyone catching him up on his record runs OR does he want to break another record -200 test matches!!

Posted by inswing on (November 29, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Good and sensible decision by Ponting. Superb as a batsman, average as a captain, below average in sportsmanship.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 29, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Aust are going to need something remarkable to pull off a win in Perth with their second string attack and this could just be it. The frustration & dissappointment of Adelaide is no-longer relevant, fresh bowlers, fresh mindset- send Ricky with a win and reclaimed No 1 status. A team man to the very end, congrats Ricky.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (November 29, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

One of the greatest players in history of cricket retired. great captain, great batsman, great fielder and great person. what a fantastic player he was. wining wining and wining. We miss you ponting. we miss you punter.

Posted by henrystephen on (November 29, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

He was one of Australia's best, possibly their best ever ODI player, and he represents the last great of the Waugh era to retire. The mainstream media in all cricket-playing countries have always been a bit sanctimonious about his behaviour and how he appeared on camera during 'the heat of battle', but most intelligent people won't get sucked in by that.

Posted by vish2020 on (November 29, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Never liked his arrogance, his attitude and disregard for other cultures when playing against them in their countries! Never liked the guy and pretty doesn't change him as a person if he retires! Was good captain when he had great players but sucked when players left so nothing special. As a batsman, Sachin and Lara have great averages in every condition and he could play in India! Still, best wishes in retirement!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

My cricketing legend Ricky, you are the best captain, fielder and batsman in our time.Still we will never ever gonna forgot that Ponting style mustache which still called ponting cut in among srilankan fans...

Posted by JG2704 on (November 29, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Extremely fierce competitor , great batsman. Also what has impressed me about the guy is he has seemed to accept Clarke's captaincy with no qualms etc.

Posted by sameer111111 on (November 29, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Never been a Ponting, but got to respect the man. Averaging more than 50 in the last 14 -15 innings and he feels he isn't doing good enough. On the other hand, Tendulkar keeps getting bowled by just about anybody on perfect batting wickets, yet feels that he would retire when he wants to and it is not anybody's business to remind him otherwise, not in the least, the selectors.

Posted by HashmiMA on (November 29, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Adios Champ.. a true champion cricketer and an inspiration for the current generation of batters.

He overshadowed likes of Tendulkar & Dravid, and form a different league along with Kallis, Lara, & Sehwag as one the greatest batsmen of modern era.

We will all miss you punter and would love to see you going out on a high note for one last time.

Thanks for all the good time and brilliance that you offered to all the cricker world for past 20 years.

Hope Tendulkar would take a note from this decision of yours and make a decision of a great player leaving on high ASAP as well.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 29, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

A fantastic batsmen and arguably, the best puller of a short ball the game has ever seen but a sore loser and an even worse captain!!

Yes, he won 2 WC's but that was because of the extraordinarily talented players he had at his disposal.

Posted by TJM101 on (November 29, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Simply the best batsmen, fielder and hardest cricketer I've had the pleasure of watching. Ponting was the stand out batsmen in the greatAussie team and epitomised everything that is great about Australian cricket. He will be sorely missed around the world, but maybe not by the bowlers whose figures he savaged with his destructive batting, it will certainly be easier playing Australia now. I wish he'd waited until after the Ashes next summer as I would have liked to see him play one last time and get a hatful of runs (in a losing effort...) and entertain us one last time. My one regret is the way some England fans treated him when he came out to bat in the last couple of series; the booing wasn't necessary, but in a twisted way shows how important Ricky Ponting's wicket was to England and the fans. Shame we won't be able to say goodbye in our own warped manner next summer, I hope he goes out in style against SA!

Posted by mohsin9975 on (November 29, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

This analysis is only for TEST cricket. Lara > ponting> sachin most watchable in that order when in prime form. The sheer audacity of the shots that lara and ponting played when in blistering touch is beyond description. The sumptous cover drives & the daring, dismissive & disdainful pull shots of fast bowlers were a treat to watch from L & P. L&P were completely dominant over the bowling attack when in full flow. Unstoppable and rocksolid at the same time. But their best peak of career did not last as long as SRT. Lara was best from 1994-97 and from 2003-05. Ponting's best 2003-07. SRT was attacking batsman in tests only till 2000. Even till that time he coulnt achieve the heights of greatness. But after 2000s changed his game in tests adopting a safety 1st approach as india did not have any top-class batsman to support him. This brought more consistency & increased his TEST avg. To be contd.

Posted by tests_the_best on (November 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Arguably the mentally toughest batsman of the era, continuing the legacy of border and steve waugh as the man for a crisis. Oz cricket is going to be left with a big void.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Great Player I have seen in the cricket ground he has won two world cups for his country other skipper has done this in the history ....specially his pull shot I love that He is a best pull shot player along with Arvinda De Silva and Ijaz Ahmad. We will miss you Ricky

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Everyone talks about Bradman all the time but for me there are a few players who are better than Bradman. These players are Sachin, Saeed Anwar, Lara, Kallis & Punter. Punter is different from the mentioned players because he isnt only a legendary batsman but also a legendary captain of the cricket history. No captain has backed the players like Punter did. We love you Ricky Ponting! You are the best Australian Cricketer EVER!!

Posted by Attractivue on (November 29, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Sachin is laughing thinking every other great batsman has to eventually go if you play for your country and not for everyone else. Sachin takes Indian team as a team he owns hence he will keep playing until he is 50!

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 29, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Thanks for the wonderful memories Punter ! Simply the best batsman I've seen play for Australia (due regard to Greg Chappell).

Posted by orlurmsana on (November 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Devastated with the news. Tears in my eyes. How will i watch cricket without you now? I have never been this much sad with anyone's retirement. I love you ricky. I always will.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 29, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Good luck Ricky. It was a pleasure to meet you once in my lifetime and even though I dislike you for some of your attitude on field, off the field though, I have never met a friendlier person in my entire life. Wish you the very best in whatever you choose to do; perhaps you will feature in some golf tournaments !! :D

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

I think the secondary headline best reflects Pontings batsmanship. The headline says he felt he was not contributing and above every thing else, I never once recall having the feeling that Ponting was playing to preserve his wicket. I believe that is what sets him apart from so many of the other big scoring players of the day. Perhaps only Lara in modern times can claim to have played in such a fashion and maintained such a record. Adieu Ricky and thank you for your unselfish and great service as an Australian cricketer! p.s, smash 'em today!

Posted by IAS2009 on (November 29, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

he was one the best, he innings in WC final was the best in ODI, he was relentless, his attitude for winning was remarkable. I hope he gets a good score in his last game. a look at all these gerat aussies player retiring make you think why Aussies were on top for so long. new players coming out have lot to prove.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Roughly translated, he got dropped but the selectors agreed to go along with the story to the press that he is retiring.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

What a career! And yes, the correct decision. And again, I say this with a very heavy heart, Sachin should do likewise, all the signs r there. I'll miss Mr. Pugnacious.

Posted by shrimanto on (November 29, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

one of the best batsman of this century...... 41 test hundreds... more than 13000 runs in the most difficult and authentic format of the game of cricket... fantastic.... will always remember his cover drive on the up to fast bowlers... beautiful footwork and when on song he was a treat to watch.... hoping he ends his career on a high note with a century........ His kind of batsman comes in 2 generation. before Ponting it was Greg Chappell and after him it's the current Aussie captain Michael Clarke.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Cricket is losing another legend...Let's hope for a final attacking knock from that blade in Perth!

Posted by Beertjie on (November 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Now that you've taken the big one, mate, we're rooting for you to go out in a blaze of glory with one final match-winning knock like you gave at Wanderers last year. Thanks for the wonderful memories and may your retirement years be as satisfying to you as the glory days.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

As much as I agree with him that it is the right time to retire and I am so glad he got to do it on his own terms (ie not being dropped) but I cannot stress how much this makes this year a tough year for cricket, losing 4 batsmen that are absolutely superb (Dravid, VVS, Strauss & Ponting) and even as an England cricket fan I cannot debate the fact that he has been such a great batsman and captain while he was captain (its so hard for me to say that about an Aussie :P) and I just wish Ricky all the best with whatever his life holds in store for him in the future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

End of an era in world cricket......One of the best timer of the ball ...One of the best captain Cricket ever produced....Punter is the First man to won 100 tests in his carrier, only man who have scored hundreds in both innings of his 100th Test match.....Cricket ll miss you very much, I ll also miss you Ricky!!

Posted by Hello13 on (November 29, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Unfortunately never conducted himself in a manner befitting an international cricketer. Good batsmen, not fit to be mentioned in the same name as Tendulkar though

Posted by TheBengalTiger on (November 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Will never go down in the same league as Tendulkar and Bradman, simply because of his behaviour, which was disgraceful. Aside from that, a great cricketer

Posted by Snyper.Doc on (November 29, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Magnificent all round bat. Tremendous fielder. Captain of a legendary team made Ricky look better. Had his issues on turners in the subcontinent. Sometimes put cricket to shame with his onfield conduct. Memories of dobbing in Harbhajan during Sydney Test and century in 2003 WC final will stand out. In some ways represents a typical Australian who plays hard but fair, as they not so rightly claim!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

@ Front-Foot_lunge, I thoroughly enjoy you posing as an English fan when in fact you are An Australian fan. Please tell us what you really think -as an Aussie fan-. What harm can become of open and honest debate?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 29, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Ponting - A genuine scorer of runs in all the orthodox areas of field. A career stained, however, by ill-discipline on the field. He was unquestionably one of the most un-sportsmanlike cricketers that has ever played the game. That aside, he was lucky enough to lead the best team Australia ever had, with Mcgrath/Warne/Hayden, and hence he has many a fine victory to his name. His captaincy skills, however, were infamously bad, and in 2005 the world saw his ineptness in the field as he was out-captained spectacularly by Michael Vaughan, and every Ashes series since then has been marked by the English cricket team captain Out-captaining the Australian one. His hundreds on flat wickets against inept early-2000 English bowling will stay long in memory for Aussie fans, a time so long ago now that they were better than England. How the tables turned for Australia. And how they were turned for Ponting, by an England side that dominate over them every time they meet.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

You are the best match winner ricky. will miss you a lot. my heroes at world crikcet is decreasing day by day.

no one will be able to win 3 world cups like you. hats off.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Still think Punter has a few good years left, he still puts fear into the other teams. Perhaps he should just take a break?

Watched him live at his devastating best in 2003 Cup Final, at the Bull Ring (Wanderers). Was awesome too see, even if you did not suport his team.

Truelly great player, not done by any measure in my book.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

I never saw Bradman play but I don't feel like I missed out on a lot growing up watching Punter. You need an innings, Ricky would deliver. I remember reading stories of how in his prime they would turn bowling machines up to 160km/h and aim it at his head. He would still hook them. If there's anyone who never believes a match is lost its Ricky Ponting. I think we can all take away life lessons from the great man.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

End of an era....from now onwards cricket will not be same anymore especially for me...RICKY PONTING was definately one of the reason for me to watch cricket(more importantly test cricket),he was the epitome of batting, always played for country never thought of the personal records.100 test win as a player confirms his never dying team sprit. Punter may be u have hanged your boots but millions like me have already taken off our hats, for the best batsmen post bradmen era...YOU will be missed...Sachin should learn from him that what selfless cricket is...Comeon sachin don't its also apt time fr you to call it a day .

Posted by SamRoy on (November 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Ricky Thomas Ponting, I never liked you on field but I loved your batting. The third best batsman in the last 25 years (Lara is the best, Sachin next) and the best puller and hooker I have seen in my lifetime. Also a sensational player of the front foot. But I think he should have retired after the India series 10 months back. For such a great batsman it would have been great to go out on a high.

Posted by cricket-is-passion on (November 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Definitely it will be a major blow to Aussies but again Aussies has very good resources to fill that position though it is hard.Being an India and supporting INdia, I always enjoyed Punter's batting, captaincy and his batting style. I really enjoyed when he batted well against India during last summer. Defnitely he is one of the great players in this era along with Sachin and Lara and am sure every one misses his presence in cricket field. Good luck for your second innings, am hoping will still be able to see him as commentator or coach down the road. Take a bow my friend, you are surely a great LEGEND in this era.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

i loved his aggression, his captaincy, his passion for the game and last but not the least his never say die spirit...........will miss u punter...............ol d best for future...................

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Thanks for all the entertainment from the time it began in 1995 and have a happy retirement. Congratulations for all what you achieved.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

One may love or hate Punter ....but fact is he has been one of the best batsman of his time...some of his knocks were mind blowing...adieu Ricky...all the best for future

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Felt extremely sad to hear the bad news that the Great man has retired....Undoubtedly One of the Finest Gems of 'World of Cricket' ever...I rate him better than Sachin and lara as a cricketer for the very fact that he was an Outstanding Captain,brillaint fielder through-out his career(next to Jonty), scored brilliant knocks when team required him the most (be it 2003 WC Final or even his last WC innings in 2011 Quarter-Final), apart from his wonderful statistics..........Thank u MR.Punter for your wonderful entertainment and have a great and prosperous post-retirement life.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

A legend and always better than Sachin. Absolute team player, we will miss you!

Posted by calidfern on (November 29, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

its really nice to see a great man leaving the ground for ever. what a gentlemen he is.. when u feel u cant perform u must leave thats the greatness. but y sachin wants to play more? he is not scoring runs at all. he must give a chance to young players..

Posted by Puffin on (November 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

A great player who will be missed and long remembered. We should congratulate him on his many achievements and great skill with the bat. Any country should consider itself very fortunate to get players like this.

Yes, it was the right time to go. No-one should ask for more. There's another modern great out there who probably should take note of this retirement and do the same.

Posted by nikunjonly on (November 29, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

One of the great Captain i ever seen in my life.....what a captaincy that u did to maintabce No.1 position for Aus. for last couple of yeras.

Posted by billa070 on (November 29, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Master Class Batsman, I will miss him for his tremendous batting abilities, such composed sportsmanship. No one like Sir Ricky Ponting, I wish him all the best for the future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Got 2 world cups to his country!! No one in this world!! One of my best cricketer!! I love his front foot shots; hook shots, down the track shorts!! and mostly I love his Fielding!! Dives in the field!!! wowww!!!! Amazing cricketer!!! Love you RICKY!!!! Miss you!!!

Posted by topeleven on (November 29, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

A big loss to world cricket.... Definitely one of the few destructive player at one drop in any form of the game. The timing is perfect too. Well done Ricky we will miss u

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

its an End of era ...... one of the best Captain of all time, the one who have played 4 World cup finals and won 2 finals as a captain...... you will be missed mate!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

One of the greats , loved his cover drive and the pull , was a great executer of horizontal bat shot with loads of grace and timing . All the best for your future Ricky .

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (November 29, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Whatever anyone thinks of Punter, I found his nail chewing and losing his head somewhat revolting, he has been a great test and ODI batsman and a man who won games for his team. As someone who has scored 8 test centuries against England I will be glad to see the back of him to be honest. He seems to have taken an honest look at himself and gone when he realises his reflexes etc are going, that is responsible to the Aussie cause. I did not think he was a great captain ala Border or Waugh but that is another matter he didn't really need to be with the team he had. Who replace him Kawaga, Hughes?

Posted by SakthivelS on (November 29, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Ricky.. This is what i have been fearing about, for a couple of weeks.. Hereafter Cricket will not be the cricket i enjoyed so far.. To put it simply,


Posted by Out_Swinger on (November 29, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

I never really liked Punter for his arrogance on and off the field but I admire him as a player and captain who played some tough and competitive cricket. His record speaks for himself. Hope he gets a BIG score in his last match and a fitting farewell. Tendulkar hope you are listening - take a cue from this and do a big favor to the game and your team. You had your share of glory.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

The best since Bradman, absolute champion.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

This stats are enough to express about this Wonderfull cricket ambasador....

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct Tests 167 285 29 13366 257 52.21 41 62 1507 73 196 ODIs 375 365 39 13704 164 42.03 30 82 1231 162 160

ICC Player of the Year - 2006,2007 ICC Test Player of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2006 One-Day International Player of the Year - 2002 Allan Border Medal - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 WisdenCricketer of the Year - 2006 Cricinfo Player of the Decade - 2000-09

Will miss u PUNTER ur leadership even especially ur cover drive n pull shot.

Posted by rahilahmed89 on (November 29, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Ricky Ponting one of the greatest Batsman of hi decadee...a few years ago he was going so well he could have broken tendulkars record of test centuries and runs in test.... he was well above kallis in centuries....any way a brilliant careeer by a brilliant batsman....thanks for the entertainment...cant forget the 2003 world cup final when he smashed the indians

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

most admired and highly rated foreign cricketer in Pakistan...........there will never b another ricky ponting.......will miss ur pulls and of luck 4 future ONE WORD LEGENDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

I never liked Australian cricket and cricketers - but the two of the three retirement announcements those have moved me have been these cruel Aussies. Steve Waugh then, and Ricky Ponting now. The Third? Its, obviously, THE Saurav Gaunguly's !

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Great player and captain.....! we'll miss you punt.

Posted by mazii on (November 29, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

One of the all time greatest batsmen. Ricky has been an inspiration. I can't find adjectives to pay him tribute for what he has done for cricket. Three World-cup wins under his belt with hundered test wins really makes him very special. He is gifted as well hard working who gives it all when he comes to the ground. The cricket will never be the same after his last test match. Some inane or biased comments can never malign his honor. What a player he is. Hats off to him.

Posted by gudolerhum on (November 29, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

@aalkool - a truly silly remark about one of the greats of our time. His Ashes record did not represent his contribution to the game. Which batsman has out batted Sachin? Out witted by Vaughan and Strauss? really? Come on, admit you do not like him but do not try to belittle his achievements. You are not making a point you are demonstrating your own weakness. Punter has been a wonderful player, not always the greatest sportsman on the field but in the modern game there are sadly too few of them. The game will miss him and his presence. Whenever he was at the crease the opposition could never be sure they had control, he could change the game at any time. Thanks Punter, have a long and happy retirement and give us one last innings before you go.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

True Legend..right time to go..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won.

Adieu to one of the all time greats.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

We might as well wear black bands tomorrow.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 29, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Good Bye, Ponting. During your peak, you were the best and even Bradman, Tendulkar, Lara etc. were not even close. Best captain for Australia and certainly the best captain for World Cup ODI teams. Your batting in 2003 ODI WC final was the best in any WC final. I am sure all Australians would be proud of you. Also, good decision to retire on time. Ashes would have been too late. Hope you score well in the Perth test because that would be just awesome!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

One of the great batsman of our age! I hope dearly he gets to bow out with another outstanding knock!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

It is the end of an era! The great man will be missed on the international stage. Sadly, all things, good or bad, must come to an end!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Ricky loved watching you bat. I loved the way you played your pull shot... Best of luck for your future.....

Posted by aalkool on (November 29, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

A captain, batsman and fielder who always finished second-best. Outwitted by Vaughn and Strauss, out-batted by Sachin and out-fielded by Gary Pratt.

Posted by Jingels_SA on (November 29, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

One of the most belligerent, effective run scorers of all time. Able to change the face of any given game. At his best, he was the best. Unfortunately his conduct never matched his ability and outside of Australia he will always be remembered as an arrogant, unsporting nasty little character, so indicative of the teams he played for and then led. Much like Steve Waugh before him he will be remembered as a great player, but not missed.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 29, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Easily the best since Bradman. Stunning cricketer and vanquisher of England.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 29, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

The best since Bradman, is what he will be remembered as. Absolute superstar!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

A true legend! Inspirations for millions including myself! A fighter and record breaker! Will surely miss him! 3-World Cup Wins in a row!! Now that's a feat no team can ever achieve!

Posted by Hari28395 on (November 29, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

tears!!!!I am a die hard punter fan.I believed in him even during these rough patches.Great team player.I would have been happy if he had played the ashes.But the world would remember him to be the greatest counter attacking player ever......U STILL HAVE 5 DAYS OF FIGHTING LEFT SO GET THE JOB DONE AND LETS SHOW THE WORLD HOW TO RETIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

A great cricketer and sportsman.Sad to see him go

Posted by jokerbala on (November 29, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

All cricketing records will be broken or erased in time, except the 100 test wins notched up by punter.Farewell, you lovely bully

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

A Real Leader. RESPECT! Wish all success Punter

Posted by whoster on (November 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

This is a well-timed decision, and well done to Ricky Ponting for choosing the time to go. Wonderful batsman, and his contribution to Australian cricket has been immense. Without doubt the best Aussie batsman since the incomparable Bradman, and he stands alongside a small handful of all time legends. During the last English Ashes tour, I was lucky (or unlucky) enough to see most of the 150 he scored at Cardiff. It was a treat to watch a master batsman, even though it was damaging England's chances. I think I can speak for English fans in saying that he had the utmost respect and admiration. He'll leave a big hole in the Aussie batting line-up, as well as in all-round team contribution. It won't be the same without Ricky visiting these shores next year, but hats off to a great player.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

About time! Well past due time to make way for the future Ricky. Great player in his prime and could still score big. Surprised he didn't stay on til Sydney match he loves that ground and would have scored large I feel.. However, he probably wouldn't have got picked, and he knows it.. This is well past due. Bring on Khawaja!

Posted by Abidmashwani on (November 29, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Any cricketer I loved the most even mor ethan any Pakistani cricketers including Imran Khan is Ricky Ponting, both as a player (batsman and fielder) and as a leader. Today is a sad day to hear his retirement news but this is how life is. I salute to him and the high standards of CA, unlike subcontinent where players needs to be pushed out of team. Look at Ponting, Steve Waugh, Flintoff, Strauss, Lara at what stage did they retire. GREAT!

Posted by Naren420 on (November 29, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Punter, you have been a great ambassador of Australian and world cricket. I still remember that amazing innings of 160 that you scored in 2003 world cup final against India. No other player in world cricket has been on the winning side in a test match more than you, which is more than 100 test wins, speaks volume of your contribution to world cricket. I just wish Sachin Tendulkar takes the lead from you and bade goodbye to Test and ODI cricket at the end of this England tour. His recent performances aren't any impressive either. Anyway, we will miss you on the field. Good luck for your future.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (November 29, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

@heathrf1974 agree with you bud, Punter was a legend, i wish he stayed for the Ashes but i guess he saw this as the best time. Selectors should get either of Khawaja or Doolan in for him, it makes sense to get like for like and these guys bat in the same position, we shouldn't change the entire batting order to bring a opening batsman in.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Salute to you Mr.Ponting. A great player of this game.Will miss you alot in the field.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

outstanding cricketer.. outstanding player in any form of cricket... mr.ponting... peoples of pakistan love you

Posted by MrPud on (November 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Rather than be sad at the retiring of a champion, we should celebrate the career of Ricky Ponting. A better average than the great Greg Chappell, a pull shot that I would almost kill for to be able to play and one of the absolute best fielders of all time. Thanks, Ricky, you couldn't have done any more, and best wishes in your future endeavours.

Posted by SFR1 on (November 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Absolute Australian and World cricketing legend - for me I would have loved to see him go on, but he knows what's best and really he is leaving when he still is admired by all, so great decision. I think everyone knew he didn't have many series left in him so I've made a point of enjoying all of his matches as much as I could because players like this only come around once in a lifetime (For me Warnie is the bowling equivelant). ALthough I would love to see him go on I am lucky his final match is in Perth and I'll get to see him in the Baggy Green one more time. Fingers crossed for 1 more 100 and leaving test cricket as part of the number 1 team in the world

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Timely decision by the great.Punter entertained the world cricket with attacking cricket.His ability to score runs unmatched upto untill recently.As with any he also as a player faded littile lately with his age.

He is truley one of the Legend of World cricket .He can contribute to cricket after his retirement also.


Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

For a decade starting 2000, there wasn't a better batsman than him, period.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 29, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

One of the all time greats Rickie Ponting stands alongsoide Steve Waugh and Allan Border for Australia and in world terms, Lara, Tendulkar, Inzamam, Chanderpaul, Piertersen and Kallis. He had some stupendous shots and at his best utterly ruthless in his scoring. Sad to see him go really but as an Ashes opponent I will miss him most. He always had the good sense to laugh off some English spirit. A truly great player.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

So long Punter, you definitely succeeded in getting under a lot of Indians' skin, more with your batting than anything else. Cricket will miss you.

Posted by stFleming on (November 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Ricky Ponting really u r a champion...Truly one of the greatest test batsman...Its very sad to hear about ur retirement...But i wish u end on a high especially with a 42nd century....We enjoyed every moment watching u...Ur batting was superb throughout ur career...Ur straight drives, Pull shots were treat to watch...Waiting for another special knock in ur final game and i hope u'll surely deliver like u did in ur 100th test match...Best of luck for ur final match...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Love him or hate him, but cannot ignore him. Goodbye to a Great player.A perfect example of putting team interests above your personal goals.The golden era of test cricket is coming to a closure. We Indians always loved to hate you as we always feared you

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

A worthy opponent, and a great street fighting cricketer !

Posted by BDHUNTER on (November 29, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

I haven't such as great attitude within batsman like punter, he is the best among a lot, hats off to the modern era " RTP"

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

definately going to miss that legendary man whole of my life how long i gonna watch cricket.u r a legend of cricket.. I felt so sorry to read the news paper last few days.. All the ppl they talking about ricky look like he does not have any contribution in australian cricket. so sad to hear that. tears come on eyes when i watched the ninne news today. Then i opened cricinfo and saw that news.

Posted by adityanewaskar on (November 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Short Arm Jab will always remain etched in the memory forever...... Had not been for 2008 debacle against, you would have been my one of the favourite overseas player ... Big thanks for all the entertainment ..... Have a peaceful life ahead ....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

certainly pointing is one of the great of the game there is no need to compare him with sachin or lara or with any one he has remarkable achivement to his name 3 world cup,100 test match win, twice lead his country to win the world cup ,best player of the decade , he is true inspiration for the younger generation, the best part of his batting was that i always found bat as an elongated part of his body, i always admired ur batting and i wish he would have played 2013-14 ashes

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Great Player and great captain

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa, I think you've made your point clear - you don't know anything about what's happening in cricket. It wasn't the selectors, who have all recently been backing Ricky for the future, it's been the media in Australia rabbiting on about his "failures", which they've then magnified proposteroulsly purely based on his age. I feel terribly sorry for him as they've basically forced his hand to retire. It's a shame that we weren't supportive of one of the greatest players ever to play the game. Personally, I'm completely gutted that he's retired and having the knowledge that I'll only ever get to see him in the baggy green one more time. I'm hoping that he can show the world that he's still got it and goes out returning the side to No1 with a more than deserving series victory over the (typically) blustering saffa's. Wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Bye Bye Ponting....Salute to the Legend Another selfless decision.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 29, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

We will miss you Ricky, not only were you great on the field but off it as well. A real gentleman of the game. As for the future I was critical of Khawaja at the start of the season but not only has he got 500 runs in shield but his running between the wickets and fielding has looked sharp from what I have seen in the Ryobi cup. Selectors should get him in as he is a long term number 3.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (November 29, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Great player. one of my favroutes of all time. A match winner. Cricket will miss you.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

@jonesy2: Welcome back, we missed you for the last few Ashes and the last few weeks.

Posted by valvolux on (November 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

The last of the Aussies greats finally bows out. Sure Clarke and hussey played their hand at the tail end of the great run, this guy was there the whole way. Truly sad to see the true end of an era. What an epic career. I can't help but feel we need him running into the ashes, but the guy has to be so tired of all the unjust criticism leveled at him. He always put the team before himself. Where other batsmen quit the captaincy and dropped down the order to preserve their game, he put himself where life is too hard for all others because Australia needed him to. One of the true greats and no matter what happens in Perth, you've had the last laugh mate, on your terms. Champion.

Posted by RogerC on (November 29, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Postings here show how much people are influenced by Sachin Tendulkar. This article has nothing to do with Sachin. Still most people are commenting about him.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

So all the Aussie players who time and again made sure that Pakistan do not win from a straight forward winning situation have retired now, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn Mcgrath, Justin Langer, Matty Hayden and now Ricky Ponting. Ponting we salute u, u were a shrewd player but hell of a cricketer !

Posted by hwaz01 on (November 29, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Ponting's retirement is and end of an era... He, along with Sachin and Kallis was among the top three batsmen of the decade. The game will miss him.... From a Pakistani

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Another legend retires. Inzamam-2007, Lara-2007, Gilchrist-2008/2009, Hayden 2008, Dravid 2012, Laxman 2012, and now Ricky Thomas Ponting 2012/2013. Well played Ricky. You have inspired legends in the making since 1995. You have truly been an inspiration to watch. A brilliant fielder and the best captain ever. Even better than MS Dhoni in my opinion. The entire cricketing world will never forget your brilliant 164 vs South Africa in 2006. The only sad part of you career is the fact that your career is now over. I would have hoped for you to stay until after the Ashes, but what's done is done. Ricky you beat Hayden, Inzi, Lara, Viv Richards, Bradman, Gilchrist, , Sehwag, and even the little master Sachin Tendulkar himself in my opinion. Cheers Ricky, and hats of to an amazing 17-year career!

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (November 29, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Along with Lara and Tendulkar. Ponting is the one of three greatest batsman of the last 20 years. I remember him in his debut test series against Sri Lanka in 1995. It was clear then that he was along with Shane Warne, Glen McGrath one of the great talents of Australia's number one world beating 1990s team. Come out of the 1990s set up Australian Sports Academy. I will miss him and his excellent batting and fielding.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 29, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

i have no problems saying this guy was a modern great or maybe even a great full stop .but i have to say he should have retired after the last ashes, and as i read the cricinfo piece am still of that opinion. the only reason i can come up with is the dearth of competent batting stocks. who will be the player to take his place i guess david hussey and that tells a story he 36/37.the others have been tried and found wanting.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (November 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

With the departure of Punter, OZ cannot afford to lose Hussey for at least another 12 months minimum. He and Clarke are the backbone of most of our big innings recently - if they both fail, we generally get rolled over for a very poor total. Hope that Cowan and Warner can continue their good run of form in the test tomorrow, as we'll need them to be firing for the next Ashes series. Best of luck to Punter and his family - hope to see him in some form of coaching role in the near future (hopefully for OZ).

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Shame to see him go before the back to back Ashes series. A great batsman no doubt, but a poor captain and at times someone who did not uphold the 'spirit of the game' as someone in his position should have (thinking Sydney test v India 2008). He's become a lot more likeable since he quit the captaincy though and fair play to him for seeing that the writing was on the wall.

Posted by TheBengalTiger on (November 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

As much as i don't like the guy as a person, he was clearly a brilliant batsman. Second only to Tendulkar. COngratz on a great career

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Your argument makes no sense, TommytuckerSaffa. Of course he'd still be playing if he had scored a ton in each of the tests - but the fact is he didn't, so he's retiring. Is it really that hard to wrap your head around that? Sport is built on the present, now what's happened in the past or would've happened if things had been different... You deal with the situation at hand...

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Yes I would miss Ponting, he has been an absolute elite player over the years and at times has been invincible. But all this nonsense about Sachin is getting too much. Ponting has been out of form for a long long time now. If Ponting was not all that so called selfish then he should have retired a long time back, before 2010 itself. But he dragged on for 3 years. He was in woeful form in WC 2011 and scored a scratchy 100 vs India, NO ONE called Ricky selfish for that slow paced 100. No one should cos these players are not selfish, neither Ricky nor Sachin. It is just that they too are human and sometimes need time to either get back in form or to decide their time is up. Ricky felt his time was up, Sachin is still trying. He would play for at most 6 more months unless he hits really top form. do these legends not deserve some extra rope when they are down? A lot of Indian fans are fooled or simply join the bandwagon of bashing Sachin when we should talk of Ricky. Ricky, we will miss u.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (November 29, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

A champion, but he was well past his prime - a good decision to retire. Now we'll see how the batsmen in contention for his spot fare - I'll be very surprised if someone does step up & take ownership of the #4 (or #3) spot in the next 18 months. I'd love to see him go out on a high, but with all of the forced changes to the team, the Saffers must start as firm favourites (especially if Mitch Johnson gets the nod). Classy comment from that 'mental midget' Hammond.

Posted by Natx on (November 29, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Very good batsman on home and bouncy pitches, who is by far the best puller in the game. Anyone talks about ponting will remember his signature pull shots which he made to look super easy. His record on turning tracks was not that great. A good fielder and catcher. As a professional cricketer his attitudes on the field were very disappointing and everyone knows about it, he is not in the class of Steve Waugh or Mark Taylor in that regard. But as a pure batsman he is one of the top 3 during the last 10+ years. Good luck on retirement, mate! Would like to see you in commentary box for the ashes.

Posted by Sarlana on (November 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Oh! surprised! I really understand as the age going farward we have to accept. Such a confident player agreed that not performing well and not ready to accept challange to perform more.... but surething is we could not see his pull shots a again....

I really dont like cricketers to retire their own, it should be the decision from Selection board to not selecting them...

I am sure tendulkar will do that............

Posted by ozwriter on (November 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

ricky ponting. what a legend of cricket. his record is unparalleled in australia and for a long time he was the best batsman in the world. when ricky was set, you know you were in for a hiding if u were the opposition

Posted by Basamba on (November 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

what a player he was one of the all time greatest cricketer not just his batting but feilding i hope he has a great time

Posted by Basil777 on (November 29, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

As SA cricket supporter I am have been an admirer of Ponting for many years ;sad to see him go but it is neccesary he is a great player and served cricket for many with calm composure

Posted by TingALing on (November 29, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

As aptly observed by many, it is the end of an era - an era from which Jacques Kallis, Trent Johnson, Sachin Tendulkar, Brad Hogg, and Zahid Hussain are the last stalwarts. I distinctly remember a fresh faced Ponting landing on the shores of England only to be greeted by a eyelash-shaving bouncer from Frank Tyson, whereupon he promptly signalled to the 12th man Jeffrey Stollmeyer to pour him a stiff one, to be handed over at then end of the Powerplay. Good days!

Posted by English.Pinky on (November 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

From a very proud Englishman I wish Ricky all the best (hope it's not managing the convicts though) sometimes you have to acknowledge a true legend.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 29, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Ever news channel here in cricket crazy nation india is paying their tribute to ponting today since the time news came out. He was well respected as a batsman everywher

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

He was the best batsman in the world from 2001-2007 , a great great fielder and a truely outstanding batsman an inspirations to the next generations of players, wish him and his family well. he was better than tendulkar during 2001-2007

--i am an indian fan

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Legend retires as an Indian their have been few times when we hated him but as a cricketing fan above all that I salute him ,what a magical cricketer he has been ,and he will be tough to replace ,what a farewell it will if he get a century and aus win and rise to world no 1 plus why are we talking about sachin here ,let it be about ponting ,he has done enough in his career to have people hailing him on his retirement

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Surprised he made his decision earlier than expected as I thought he'll be playing until the back to back Ashes but I just want to say he has been a great service to the game and will be missed I mean there aren't too many classy batsman like him around anymore. Great player and leader!

Posted by go_the_abs on (November 29, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

well played - a fair dinkum Aussie who embraced the spirit of the game and achieved legend status

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Ricky Ponting was a fantastic batsman throughout his career unlike some a team man which is what the Sport of Cricket is all about. What I love about him and others like Lara is that they play for their team and not for themselves gonna be a miss wish him success in the future.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

@Mark Collier

Sorry Mark, I have to disagree it wasnt HIS decision, it was pressurised on to him by the selectors because he has only scored 20 runs so far this series against SA and there were plenty of signs before then. Asked before the series he made it clear he wante to play the ashes. Im not naive enough to beleive the choice was his. He was pushed. If he had scored a Ton in each test, do you reckon he would be retiring.......??? Nope.

Posted by Vikram94 on (November 29, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Lets go Australia.Go and win the final test.Full support from SL.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

A true legend and one of the greatest player of fast bowling in history.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

We will never see any other attitude player like Ricky Pointing again, there is no other Gilchrist and there will be no other Pointing not even 100 decades. Hope he do well in Perth Test and make it a classical history for next generation. Good Bless Ricky, God Bless Australia Cricket.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Every time SA has played in AUS, a great batsman has retired, but no greater than the Punter himself. As a safa, I salute you as the greatest batsman of my time, I salute you as the man who made cricket what is for me today, I salute you Ricky Ponting THE MAN! When I chat to my grand kids over the braaivleis about great cricketers of my time, at the very top, will be a man named Ponting. The Gabba aint gonna be the same for me any more, and should you make a century this weekend, I will be the first safa to stand up and shout at the top of my voice; with pride... Go Aussie Go...Go well my friend.

Posted by o-bomb on (November 29, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Good luck to Ponting in whatever he does next. He's been a great servant to the game and in his heyday as good a batsman as I've seen. The number of test cricketers older than me is now down to single figures - I feel old.

Posted by Hammond on (November 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Hope he gets a pair. A deserved finish.

Posted by argylep on (November 29, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

A very fine - and at certain times during his career a great - batsman; his stats speak for themselves but as well as being one of the best of his era he will unfortunately also be remembered as a leader who lost three Ashes series and as a very negative, uncompromising, and at times very unsportsmanlike captain. His reputation in upholding the Spirit of the Game - he never 'walked'..even when he knew he was out.. was/is poor and he was deeply unpopular with umpires who he questioned & argued with more than any other player I've seen. Who can forget his unseemly and disrespectful rant at Aleem Dar when Pietersen - correctly given not out by DRS - apparently hit it during the Ashes in Oz . He never apologised for that either on or off the field and for other indiscretions & questionable behaviour of which there were many over the years. However he has earned the right to go on his terms and unlike the manner of his recent dismissals with the right 'timing' and dignity

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (November 29, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@Meety agree with you mate, Punter was a champion batsman, the best i have seen. As for his replacement Khawaja would be the best person given its a number 4 position, Hughes is best suited to opening.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Basically we r going to miss another cricket legend. I think he is the ICON of all CAPTAIN from beginning of CRICKET.

Posted by Sera-high on (November 29, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

the end of an era ....what a wonderful cricketer he has been for australia and the whole world.loved his fighting spirit,his aggression.....a true of the best player the cricketing world has ever seen. luv u punter ...will miss u


Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

One of the greatest of our generation of players...alll the best for your future

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (November 29, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

It actually defeats all logic. Ponting says. "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". When he himself says he is not performing to the level required, it is more likely that he will not perform in the Perth test too. Then why should he retire after the Perth test? Why not now & here? Aussies play the game hard and to win. Playing Ponting then contradicts that attitude of theirs.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (November 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

I found him one of the most entertaining batsmen, Ricky was in a class of his own. Thanks Ricky and Goodluck.

Posted by whofriggincares on (November 29, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Lets not get angry about the SRT comments, it is inevitable and relevant. Ponting ,Lara and Sachin stand out in this era for brilliant strokeplay and pure entertainment. Kallis and Dravid almost in the same bracket but different types of batsmen. And to all the posters saying he should have gone ages ago you are wrong in my (and many others) opinion . In sport and life in general when you have contributed so much you earn extra credits ,its just the way it is and should be. I will sadly miss the brilliant cricket this guy has blessed us with over the journey. It gladdens my heart to read some of the posts from other countrys supporters ,especially the Indian fans ,love the way they love our game so much. Sachin and Kallis are just as admired in Australia. Hope Ricky can score heavily in Perth and help return the Aussies to their rightful place as the number 1 test nation. Imagine finally getting Hayden or Langer out and out strolls punter.Ouch.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

we miss u pointing ,one of the greatest player in the world

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Love you Ponting and miss you.

Posted by neerajprasher on (November 29, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Rahul Dravid,Vvs Laxman,Andrew Strauss,Mark Boucher,Brett Lee,& now Ricky Ponting.Salute!!!

Posted by Mikecricket on (November 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

What a legend Ricky, you have done so much for the mighty aussies! All those epic hundreds! Now just two more to finish of a wonderful career!

Posted by tokoloshe on (November 29, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Great player, great ambassador for cricket and always played hard as it should be. Best of luck Ricky and from a Saffa, will miss you great batting but not against us.

Posted by COOLANKA on (November 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

thats the best way to finish his career, congrats...ricky

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Fair-well Ricky. A true Legend.

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Great player Punter. Always the Pantomime villan for us, love to hate. The last of the great Aussie team, when Huss and Clarke go in a few years they'll have no one left.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

This is how gr8 players sign off ! Their own terms rather than being written off

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

What a match for him to take a bow! Great man, great cricketer. He caused many heartaches for us Saffers and so much joy for the Aussie supporters. I wish him the best for the future.

Posted by on (November 29, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

and guys please stop comparing ponting , sachin , kallis with statistics.. they are all fantastic talents and we cricket fans have been lucky to watch them in their prime... another era of cricket coming to an end , sachin wont be playing for long and kallis is the only one remaining... i never watched jeff thompson , lillee or 80's WIndies , so for a lot of people like me ponting , sachin, lara , mcgrath , warne , vvs , dravid , kallis remains the best of cricket..

Posted by bumpu on (November 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

An era draws to a close. A fierce competitor takes the call on his terms.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

A class player! along with Bradman, Richards, Kallis, Sobers and Lara the best batsman of all time in my opinion. I can only wish him well great career!

Posted by No_1_again on (November 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Why Sachin here. This Ponting's area, pay tribute or wish him otherwise go away. Punter I thought you would stay for the ashes reclamation. Don't Clark will do it for you. Well done on a colorful achive,ment

Posted by saravanan_selvam on (November 29, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

i wont say the cricket world would be missing the great batsman Ricky Ponting but i would like to say that Cricket world would be missing the great fielder next to Jonty Rhodes.

Posted by on (November 29, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

Ricky ponting an embodiment of the 'Australian way of cricket' , a class act with the bat , still among the worlds best fielders and a real fighter who played his cricket hard... we can only imagine the hard work he has put into his batting , especially in the last 1 year when time finally caught up with his batting.... we Indian fans will miss you mate , all the best and good luck for the rest of your life !

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

...end of an era, the era of excellence, the era of charm, the era of real champion, the era of aggression, the era of true fascination.

Posted by Peck on (November 29, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

thanks for the memories Ricky. God bless you.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

It is the end of an era at the moment. Many of the greatest players of recent times have either retired or are about to (SRT this means you!). Well played, and thanks for the memories (even though I am English so many of them were painful).

Posted by mulkey on (November 29, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

The embodiment of the best of Oz cricket- Strength, determination, grit and courtesy. Sorry we won't see him in England next year.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Amazing cricketer.........One of best batsman to grace the game..................

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

A legend. Thanks Ricky for the great (and often times bitter for an Indian fan!) memories! The fact that Michael Clarke choked and had tears tells you he indeed was still very wanted in the team.

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (November 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Hats off to a great player. Sometimes he was graceless but what a fierce competitor and test cricket will be a much poorer game for his absence. No doubt a good time to retire but I have to say that England will be thrilled that such a massive void will open up in Australia's batting ahead of the back-to-back Ashes series. Despite Clarke's recent rich form Ponting would still be the player they would most fear even past his prime.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Another giant legend in Ponting walking out! It feels like Punter will take away 90% of cricket with him!

Posted by ahson4cricquet on (November 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

After shane warne,glenn mcgrath,justin langer and damien martyn retired... This is the real 'end of an era'

Posted by Sachin_Rahul_fan on (November 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Though ppl don't like his attitude,he is one of the greats to have embraced the game..No one can surpass him in the finesse and class when he plays those pull and flick..Still remember the hammering he met out to India in 2003 WC..Adios will miss you..:-(

Posted by Munkeymomo on (November 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

All the best Punter... You've embodied my view of Australian cricket for so, so long. Even as a pom I'm sad to see you go.

Posted by ILI_ANALYST on (November 29, 2012, 10:21 GMT)


Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

We miss you ponting...Best captain forever.....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Ricky Ponting a fair dinkum true blue. I hope he will stay involved with the game and I hope not exclusively as commentator on TV. He has so much to offer as a coach or management in Aus. I salute you

Posted by TomLundy on (November 29, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Well played Punter! Legend! Thanks for giving your all mate.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Thanks for playing such a great cricket, You shall always be a memorable as a circket Legend. Best wishes for you. If you ever stepped in for coaching then be a coach of Pakistan Cricket team in coming future :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

The Last Puff of Smoking HOOK-ah to be Exhale at WACA....

Thanks RICKY PONTING for the grand cricketing experience....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

All good things must come to an end and so it is the end of teh saga of Ricky Ponting. It is been coming a while but still one the formal thing actually gets announced it is a tough thing thing to digest. One of the greatest batsmen even Ponting has been a symbol of focus, commitment and success. Beyond the resplendent figures, he was a delight to watch as a batsman, utterly dominant over the best of the bowlers and in the toughest of the circumstances across the world. Apart from his legendary class batting, Punter has been one of the best ever fielders too whose remarkable athleticism. reflexes, accuracy have been a delight to watch and recollect. Australia has consistently produced a long list of players of the highest caliber. Yet it is very difficult to imagine taht another Ponting will emerge again. Thank you mate, for all the wonderful memories you have given us even if turned out to be hard times for the opponents! May you have a glorious future in whatever you take up.

Posted by VJGS on (November 29, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

No one can disagree that Cricket's greatest era is coming to an end. First Lara, McGrath, Ganguly, Gilchrist. Then Dravid, Laxman. Now Ponting and soon it'll be the end for Tendulkar and Kallis too. Cricket will be completely different without them. We were lucky to be born in such an era

Posted by Marcio on (November 29, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Well done Ricky, and good timing too. Hope you get a ton in this game and leave in a # 1 team. As for that alleged catch, if it is the one I am thinking about, iit was clean as a whislte. Ponting caught it cleanly, rolled over, and in the act of getting up, raised himself on the hand with the ball clutching it. In the Indian press they splashed an image on the front page of newspaper, showing the moment he placed the hand on the ground, and drawing a big circle around it. It was just the most dishonest journalism I have ever seen. Yes, there was deception, but it wasn't Punter doing it.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Thanks Ricky for evrything you have given us as a viewer.Ts been a pleasure to watch you play..en era is about to end with Sachin and Kallis are only two left..Lara, Waugh Bros, Dravid, Inzamam, Ponting, Tendulkar, Kallis, Akram, Waqar, Ambrose, Walse, Warne, Murli, Kumble, Donald, Pollock, McGrath, ..and somehow who managed to get huge respect apart from these Legendslike ..Gilchrist, Akhtar, Gillespie, Anwar, Saqlain, Jayasutiya, Sanga, Kirsten , Hyden, Lee, Srinath, Ganguly, Cairns, Astle, Andy Flower, Heath Streak, Tikolo, Hooper, Yusuf and Chanderpul entertained us..we will see all of them off the field..we are lucky enough to see 90s Cricketers..I hope Kallis and Sachin will carry on for at least 12-18 months from now..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Thank you ponting for entertaining us. Goodluck...

Posted by fennocious on (November 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

why do people have to compare ricky to other players... tendulkar, dravid and kallis were/are all great appreciate the man of the moment and leave your opinions to yourself.

that said well done ricky on what was a brilliant career.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Ricky Ponting was one of the greatest batsmen ever. I am glad that he was of my time where I grew up watching legends like Ricky, McGrath, Steve Waugh, Warne, Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin, Dravid, and many that started career in late 80's and early 90's. Ricky's batting was a class. Always a joy watching him and now he will be remembered as a batsman who makes any bowler just an ordinary one. Will always remember Ricky "Punter" Ponting for the way he lead Australia, taking the cap from great Steve Waugh. Have a good future Ricky Thomas Ponting

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 29, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Y peope here r comparing legends like Sachin ponting ets instead of enjoying them as we can't see any one in this young generation who can match these greats so enjoy these last generation of greats as long as they r playing rather than crticizing them

Posted by oftheburbs on (November 29, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

rkannancrown In tests, before DRS, Ponting was out LBW 37 times in 231 innings (approximately 1 in 8). Post DRS 5 times in 56 innings. Allowing for a number of tests played without DRS, this means that he has got out LBW LESS frequently since DRS was introduced. As regards the remainder of your comment, if that's how you choose to remember him, that's your bad luck.

Posted by vish57 on (November 29, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Ponting, a class by himself as a player, second best to Clive Lloyd as Captain of all time and indeed edged out Steave Waugh as best Australian Captain. One of the contemporary greats along with Lara, Tendulkar, Dravid, Kallis. A professional, tough on field and a fighter to the core. We enjoyed your game of Cricket. Ponting retirement thus signals the end of one era of cricketers of Australia from Waugh brothers, Macrath, Warne, Hayden. Good luck to Ponting, hope we can hear you as a commentator.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (November 29, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

What a player.. Australia's best.....

Posted by bleedblue_sach on (November 29, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Thanks Ricky for all that you contributed to Cricket... Congratulations on your decesion and I wish you will have a great personal life ahead. You really been one of the best batsman in the history of cricket....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

@rkannancrown what a sourpuss and negative person you are... show some respect. @TommytuckerSaffa you're just being sucked in to the rubbish in the press... he clearly said it's his own decision... but you'll never believe that... Sad to see him go. Hope he leads Australia (by example) to his final win and the team's win over SA. All the best Punter!! You're a legend.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

What a player. What a career. As a South African who has obsessively watched SA and Oz battle it out for the last 25-odd years there's very few opposition players who I've loved and hated more than Ponting. A true giant of the modern game, and I wish him well. Imagine him coaching a young, fired-up Ozzie side in a few years. Fearsome...

SA better be ready for an onslaught in Perth. The Ozzies will be looking to deliver a big win for their departing teammate.

I can't wait...

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 29, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

@rkannancrown- You can look up you tube -don't be surprised to find clear instances of one S Tendulkar, Dhoni, even A Strauss clearly 'catching' balls not exactly off the batsman's bat- By defn of Laws of cricket- i.e bounced catches in clear definition... I will fall short of calling these elite players your 'C' word but it is easy for you to label and target certain players you don't like in the way you did but by similar 'standards' of (non)catches by others by the same yardstick are conveniently a non issue for you. Luckily you are not the one to lay ethical standards in this game ..and good so.. Just by the deluge of tributes to another Legend who retired today that we see here that your views matter....Please...Please Publish.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

What a shame, I really wanted to see him play in the Ashes.

I still believe he's better than most of the current XI.

Arguably one of the greatest batsmen of all time, will be a huge loss to the game.

A huge loss really doesn't do this news credit, a giant of the game :(

Well played Ricky, hopefully you still come over to Ireland next summer :)...

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 29, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

At 13k+ plus test runs, he's almost twice as good as any english batsmen we've managed to produce. Gooch currently our top run scorer with a paltry 8k of runs. If only the partisan and boorish barmy army could recognise such a talent maybe it may improve our fans standing in the eyes of other countries.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Thank you ponting for entertaining us. Goodluck...

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 29, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

good bye, ponting. you were second to none when it comes to batting and winning.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 29, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Dear ranjit

Those cricketers u mentioned couldn't have broken tendulkar records even of they had played for another 10 years. Dont simply post just fr the sake of doing it. Tendulakr was most unsuccessful captain Whig u r right. But he was the most successful batsman. Rememnber a captain is only as good as his team

Posted by Marktc on (November 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

As a South African Ponting was not always not on my top of cricketers I loved. Why- because he was just so good. As an opposition captain and batsman, Ponting was a brilliant player, and one of the best. He was ruthless as captain and a stylish batsman. Agony to watch as he is piling on the runs against your country. He may not have always played fairly, but he played hard and to win. The amount of runs he scored in his career reflect his status as one of the greats. Also respect to him for retiring as a 'team player'.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 29, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

All those who are saying SRT must retire too should know that Ricky has been in poor form for a long long time now and managed to hang on for one more year only cos he scored runs vs India's hopeless bowlers. On the other hand, SRT was in top form till a few months back. He scored reasonable amount of runs in Australia too, was the 2nd highest run getter in WC 2011 and has not really been out of form even now except that he has gotten out to a few top balls and some sudden bad shot selection. Please stop criticizing a top player so much when we all know very well he still is better than just about anyone else Indian cricket has for batsmen. His recent dismissals vs Eng were on tough wickets or vs good balls. Ricky on the other hand has been repeatedly hit by fast bowlers, gone out with ordinary balls and looked out of form many a times. Good bye Ricky, you have been a redoubtable, ferocious player and we all will miss you. Thanks for all the fishes too. Have a great after life.

Posted by Newbury_1 on (November 29, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Such a some shame people can't put aside their jingoistic comments and pay tribute to a great sportsman!!

Thanks Ricky it was always a pleasure to watch you play!

Posted by shiv_mishra on (November 29, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

There comes curtains to a great player. With Sachin nearing retirement, a great era of batsmen will end. I grew up watching Sachin, Ponting, Lara and Inzemam playing cricket. Can't beleive That all will end. For boys of 90s cricket will never be same.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa and other bashers..

YEA SRT is watching.. He's not don't have to be so concerned about him brother.. He knows very well what this all his.. Yea SA bowlers dominated him in his home conditions..right?? OH NO.. I can remember a ODI DOUBLE HUNDRED against THIS VERY ATTACK>> Kallis is great, no doubt..He is s great as Sachin and as good as Sachin..He carries humility like Sachin does.. But you gotta give it a rest..You wanna warn can't..cuz people like you can never reach the heights of Sachin to look him into the eye and speak.. Sachin is no GOD..He can fail too.. I have seen Kallis fail constantly biggie..


Posted by magpye on (November 29, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

An absolute freakish talent and one of our very best batsmen of all time. But it was time to go. It would have been very sad if he had continued to slide. I want to remember him as a champion not what we saw in Adelaide. Congratulations Rick on a special career.

Posted by 777aditya on (November 29, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

I hope Sachin reads this! Ponting commands respect for this selfless act. This is the difference between cricket in India and Australia and this is why Australia is light years ahead - love the attitude!

Posted by gkhur on (November 29, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Its kind of a relief to see cricketers still value their performance, unlike SRT who is holding onto his position even after years of underperforming.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Thank you ponting for entertaining us.Even though my country won 2011 wc , ur innings in 2003 final against us still hurts:)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

I will always miss his pulls and hooks. awesome player. great class. respect for your decision

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

For all those who call for sachin's retirement, I have a question for you..Can u replace Sachin in Team India? Do you have an equivalent or atleast half the equivalent batsman to fill in his shoes??

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Well..I know people will say..Sachin..see this..retire now...BLAH BLAH... Well, for all those who compare Sachi to Ponting..I must say, Both are individuals, different from each other..Both are great and there is no quantity to the word GREAT..Great means Great, Awesome, Magical, Best..etc.

But what Ponting did in that one sydney test of 2008, Sachin haven't done in his entire lifespan of cricket..SO Stop it..Actually NO... continue whining about how selfish Sachin is because those people who have seen cricket and actually understand cricket know how and when Sachin contributes and how effective he is actually.. If it was not for people like SACHIN and DRAVID, CRICKET COULD NEVER HAVE BEEN A Gentleman's GAME..And people like PONTING would have converted cricket into a scripted WWE thing where there is ABUSE AND VIOLENCE and NO RESPECT for fellow cricketers..


Posted by manojcricketlover on (November 29, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

i was expecting he will play next Ashes, i am shocked and surprised, he is such a great cricketer, no doubt he is one of the all time greatest cricketer ever.

Posted by stupididiot on (November 29, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Forget about of retirement of SRT. Just wait when you get the news of SRT being dropped along with average below 40. Sorry but sounds credible to me now

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

No doubt he was a very an excellent player, always exciting to watch, I don't think there would be too many captains who lift two world cup trophies and win more than 100 matches as a captain...the world of Cricket will miss him a lot..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

He is the one of the best cricketer for hist country. He does everything which team needed. that is the good for his nature. but everyone will miss him. that is Ricky.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Dear Ricky,

It will be Greatest Cricket Blunder if you leave test Cricket on your Own.Learn from Sachin Tendulkar who took 37 innings to complete his 100th Century.He showed boots to all those who wanted him to retire due to his very low level performance.Sachin always played for his records rather for team India. Your decision to retire from Test Cricket must have sent Joy waves among Bombay Bookies & Bombay Gamblers,Fanatics who have been devising ways & means to get you retired from Test Cricket.You will be the 7th most important Hunt of Bombay Boojies who with their massive Psychological Propaganda already ensured premature retirement of Lara,Azarudin,Inzamam, Mohamad Youf,MurliDharan,Jaisurya,Ganguly & many more who were on way to break Tendulkar,s records.Tendulkar is India's most unsuccessful captain 7 AS CAPTAIN 9 YEARS BACK He COULD MAKE JUST 152 runs in14 innings.You have too much cricket left in you.Do,nt betray cricket lovers .Do,nt Betray Australians .Do'nt betray Austra

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

NOOOOOO!! My favourite batsman of all time retiring. Absolutely gutted. An absolute legend. Loved his aggressive intent. The way he always lead from the front for Australia. I remember that incredible 100 at Old Trafford in 2005. The stunning 100 in the 2003 WC against India. And countless others. After Sir Donald, Ponting will arguably go down as the 2nd greatest Australian batsman in history. Thank you Ricky for the amazing memories. What a glittering career you have had. So sad its time to say goodbye.

Posted by ravikb on (November 29, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Amazing cricketer! This man is one of the all time greats. I can never forget the innings he played in WC 2003 final. Also, the way he chased down stiff target with ease in Sydney 2006 against SA and match saving innings in the thrid test of 2005 Ashes. There are so many things he acheived in his cricketing career which others can only dream. Take a bow champion. You are retiring at the right time to allow youngsters time to settle in in home series against not-so-good Sri Lanka. This shows how selfless you are. Have a great time with "your new team". Good luck.

Posted by tappee74 on (November 29, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

One of the greatest that ever played the game of cricket.Rickey has allowed his bat to speak and became a household name in the cricketing world.Rickey Ponting this extraordinary player has made proud his country, himself and has won the admiration of fans around the world.Its a sad day as he share this solemn news,but no one knows best except himself.Its life,every thing at some point will come to an end.I wish him the best and want him to know that he has brought joys and happiness to the cricketing world.

Posted by MeSriVenkat on (November 29, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

There was, There is, There will be only one RICKY PONTING in times to come... Looking forward to you a smashing 200 in your last test wiith your trademark front foot PULL shot

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Great Player .. Cricket will miss a player of your class. Goodbye and God Bless.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 29, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

SA force another frontline batsman to retire. Strauss in England and now Punto in Australia. Who is next, Sachin in the India tour??? Smith the captain (and ex-captain) slayer. He wouldve definetly played in the ashes if he managed to score a run against SA. The selectors probably told him that if he didnt score again, he would be dropped and thus ending his career. At least he got some notice from the selectors so its done admirably. This wasnt his choice, he is gets so excited by playing for Oz and wouldve dearly loved to keep playing - but he has been given his notice.

Posted by rkannancrown on (November 29, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Ponting's failiures really started with the introduction of DRS which meant that umpires were more willing to give him out LBW to the incoming ball. Ponting was alwrule that no antiays troubled by the incoming ball at the start of the innings and owed a great deal of his batting average to the reluctance of umpires to rule him out LBW This also coincided with a period when the ICC was dominated by Australians and the benefit of doubt was always given to the Australian team. Ponting was easily the blue eyed boy of ICC given the number of on field transgressions which were ignored. To millions of cricket fans, Ponting's batting skills will always be less remembered than his blatant cheating on the cricket field - like appealing for 2nd bounce catches.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

it was a great fortune to see the heroics of such an incredible cricketer & leader.i'm sure the world cricket & spectators are gona miss those ferocious front foot ferocious pull shorts & that kind of aggression even if the condition are not favorable. i'm sure the caliber of such an immense talent was in field & in record in GB in millions of his fan. world cricket is gona miss u Ponting..............

Posted by venbas on (November 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

To all sachin bashers...pls carry on the good work...Though this one is about Ponting its time greedy people like Sachin get the message and quit as well. Sachin has been underperforming for years now and still clinging to his spot ignoring all the warning signs. Even a toddler will fancy cleaning up the stumps of the little master in his current form. I was his No.1 fan earlier but now I hate it so much whenever someone mentions his mere name in my vicinity.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

wud love it if he gets kings pair in last test , continue legacy of bradman

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

What a shot Ricky. Kudos !!

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Best think about ponting was he always played to win the game even though at occassions he might have lost. This is unlike tendulkar, Lara, Mahela jaywaredene, Sangakkara and some of the other low quality cricketers who play for improving statistics

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@cricketisgame. If u r comparing the fielding of sachin and ponting then let me remind you that Sachin was a bowler once and has close to 100 wkts also along with the millions of runs. But the fact is ponting is great and I admire him as much as Sachin

Posted by SillyMidPavilion on (November 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

A great captain, and an even greater batsman. You've been a credit to the baggy green, and to cricket itself. Thank you for all you've done for Australian cricket. The game will not remember you for the recent innings of a man whose skills are dulled by age, but rather for your many years as Australia's best batsman, and the marvelous sight of your play square of the wicket. We'll all miss you, Punter. Cricket just won't be the same without you.

Posted by mixters on (November 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@ Graeme Hills excellent post I have been trying to get the fact across on cricinfo for months. The statistics like that one make a mockery of one third of the worlds population OPINION that is all the Tendulkar myth is an OPINION. The record for most runs is tied to most tests. The length of SRTs career is incredible his best rating of best form however you want to word it is far from flattering

Posted by mixters on (November 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@ Graeme Hills excellent post I have been trying to get the fact across on cricinfo for months. The statistics like that one make a mockery of one third of the worlds population OPINION that is all the Tendulkar myth is an OPINION. The record for most runs is tied to most tests. The length of SRTs career is incredible his best rating of best form however you want to word it is far from flattering

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

As I predicted the SA bowling put an end to Puntos career. SRT are you watching ?? This leaves the way clear for JH Kallis to keep playing for a few more years and become undoublely the best cricketer ever. Punto is a good batsman but a lousy captain, he inhertited the best team ever from allan border - my nana couldve captain Oz with that amazing team. Not the most charasmitic person either, always looked so moody. Clarke didnt have much to work with yet he already is doing wonders with the team. Good bye Punto.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

i hope to attend this test match and if i do it will be nothing less than an immense honour to do so. the greatest winner in cricket history. i hope the greatest champion in the history of this game can go out on top as the part of the best cricket team in the world, he deserves that.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

would love to see him doing commentry.

Posted by vpk23 on (November 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

One RT going. Another RT is pondering how to. Truly the big SRT.

Posted by Coraline_Jones on (November 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

congratulations Ricky on ur gr8 career .... u r truly one of the best and in contemporary cricket the second best after Lara. I rate Lara, Ricky and Sachin as the trinity of cric. The diff b/w Lara Ponting and sachin is first two add life to days and Sachin adds days to life. It is the time that sachin realizes he has to say good bye but greed for grades and commercial contracts don't let him do that. "7 or 8 hang on tight" is the story to say abt his batting nw a days.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Good Luck Puntor...You will be always rememberes as one of the great and stylish batsman in world cricket...

Posted by farhan4050 on (November 29, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

The best Captain ever. Hats off to this legend. He knew he wasn't performing and didn't want to become a burden on the team, he retired just when he felt unlike others, Tendulkar etc. Excellent Career, Stats and Character. Seriously, the best ever in the world. Have a blessed life ahead mate. You nailed the cricketing world ;)

Posted by Cricket4World on (November 29, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Farewell old friend! It's been a pleasure. One of the real greats of cricket and all sports! Best of luck for your future!!

Posted by criclight on (November 29, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Love from Pakistani fans, a great smiling OZ captain, great bat.....Thanks Ricky.

Posted by memoriesofthepast on (November 29, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Ponting should have retired immediately after the retirement of two great bowlers-Warne and McGrath. His captaincy and team strength was exposed after their retirement. If one looks at the moment when or the manner in which captains Allan Border or Steve Waugh or Mark Taylor took retirement from Australian test cricket then Ponting will go on the wrong side. He should have retired as a captain but instead had to retire in a manner like removing the burden of bearing with an old out of form batsman from the Australian team. Ashes losses in England as well as in Australia under his captaincy made more damage to his career.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Good bye ricky ponting. Have a nice life ahead ....

Posted by yoohoo on (November 29, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

@dalboy12 - If you keep playing on surfaces that suit you, you can make any number of runs. He was definitely great in conditions that suited him, but that still does not make him any good against quality spin in subcontinent. There is no reason why he cannot be a limited batsman, and still be a successful and a great batsman. Which is what he is.

Posted by cricwick on (November 29, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

I dont see why all this fuss abt him.He may be a good batsman,but on the field he is one of the worst behaved cricketers i have seen.A foul mouthed person.nothing else.If cricket is a gentleman's game,then Ponting epitomized the contrary.

Posted by mixters on (November 29, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@Harry1218 I can accept the all time icc test batsman ratings certainly. Bradman number 1. Hutton 2 , Ponting 3??? and Tendulkar 26 woops that is a sad number indeed. The length of his career (tendulkar) is amazing his best form is only 26th best of all time. That is a statistical FACT. All hail Ricky the best of his generation

Posted by Pablo123 on (November 29, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Great bow out for Ponting this. As a Saffa, we loved to hate him with a smirk of respect underlying :-). But, it is time, he is past his best and what a way to go, in Aus, in front of adoring fans, against a strong team in SA. Not that it is related, but Graeme Smith has now seen the back of many a captain, even though Ricky was not captain at this point.

Posted by ProteaMan on (November 29, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

As a Saffer, I can't help to say that Ponting was a great batsman and sport personality. He gave us a hard time on many occasions. I think he does the right and honorable thing to retire at this moment in time.

Posted by yoohoo on (November 29, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

@OzDieHard - Fact is Pup is doing a much better job than ponting of rebuilding the team. Ponting won when he had a great team, lost quite a bit with an average team. and his replacement is doing better than him. Makes him an average leader in my book. Average - Neither great nor bad

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

One of the greatest est cricketer of all time say good by to his loving sport. Everyone has to take same decision as Panting did, he was a great batter, and very good captain under his leadership Australia win may world cups and were on top of the game. we wish him a very find future and he will help the Austrian cricket in future for any position which may be offered to him.

Posted by cricketisagame on (November 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

@ Swapnil Shah ... I wonder when Sachin Tendulkar thinks same way and retire? May be he wants many more record and chnage his name as Selfish Statiskarbefore retiring. Shame on you man!! When Punter was in form, he is not only the best batsman but a great fielder as well. Do you want to compare him with your idol on fielding level as well??

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Pity that, would like to have seen him rolled over again in the Ashes!!! No, he is/was a very feared batsman..glad he's not playing...who you got to replace him???David Hussey, Usman??

Posted by sportofpain on (November 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Well played Punter. You were arrogant, you were brash and you were in your face..and you were very very good! Over the years the braggadocio of youth went away, the class remained and you became more likeable. What endeared you to me was that you never gave up - you had a horrific time in India but kept coming back again and again and it is fitting that your very last innings in India was a century in the WC QF. You hardly got a run before that but on the big occasion you stood up. Enjoy the sunset Ricky - may it always be golden! Much respect.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Well Ricky we all have to say good bye sometime or other. You played the game well for Australia, arrogant, aggressive, skilfully with a dash of panache. You were your own man, not so sure your leadership qualities were inspirationa at all timesl, but you always led from the front and not too many displays of humility. To sum up, never a dull moment with you mate and you will be missed from the game. Australia has produced some fine captains over the years and you are up there with the best of them

Posted by WeeBee on (November 29, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Great Players always take Great decisions! Well Done Ricky ! now its Tendulkar's turns

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 29, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Hat tip to you Ricky, nice leave on length :)

Posted by bingohaley on (November 29, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

An excellent captain and a great batsman, and as tough as they come! Truly a champion! This is the man you would like in your team, not woozies like some of the other record-chasing blokes.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Everything has an ending and when the goodies gets into an ending we hardly accept it. Yes I am a South African but I will always miss his outstanding piece of cricket. He has been the finest Australian batsman I have ever watched and in so much that we used to call ourselves Pointing other Tendulkar back in ourteen age when we were playing those informal cricket games.

I so wish I was there so as to sense the emotions whilst I'm seeing him with my eyes, not a video.

I was also touched by today's internalional sport headlined "Sun setting on the cricket's master class" on a local news paper, Daily Dispatch, with a picture of 3 men Tendulkar, Pointing and Kallis inside the crease and attacking

Posted by ste13 on (November 29, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Great player and captain. Wish him all the very best.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

good luck Ricky Ponting in your very very last test match for Australia one of the greatest cricketers one of the greatest capitans of the Australian cricket go out in style get a big 100 IN PERTH GO RICKY GO RICKY GO!!!!!!!

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (November 29, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

One of the most stylish right handed batsman.. Test cricket will miss you.. wish you all the best..

Posted by dms1972 on (November 29, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur, Ricky Ponting is one of the all time greats. Where were the "big match winners" when Australia gave India an absolute hiding last summer and Ricky showed Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxmann and co how it's done? No Hayden, no Gilchrist, no Warne, no McGrath, absolutely no problem. Ricky is a champion. Not only was he one of the greatest batsman of all time, he was one of the all time great fielders.

Posted by szaranger on (November 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Let's give him a great send off by getting him on a king pair!

Posted by HumzaRafaqat on (November 29, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

Great batsman and great cricketer.The most impacted Austrailian cricket.He is one with all packages and best in the world.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

I always thought, Ponting is a fighter and he will fight enough till the back to back Ashes series ... sad ... he has to bow to too much external pressure than his own confidence ....

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 29, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

I really respect him as much as any other great but it is becoming rubbish. How if Sachin has scored most runs is selfish I will never understand this. It's like a player who has scored most goals in the history is selfish. He has won so many matches and so has Sachin but why is sachin selfish? Please respect legends of the game rather than demeaning them with pointless logics.

Posted by PricelessPak on (November 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Absolutely amazing batsman and fielder he of the greatest player ever cricketing world has seen.. congratulations to Mr. Ponting for MEGA career, we will miss u but wish u all the best whatever u choose to do in future...

Posted by Saffacricket on (November 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

One of the all time greats. This Saffa will miss him. he deserves the very best in his 2nd life. Thank you for what you have given the game.

Posted by Nirmal143 on (November 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

U r real hero .. U always think about ur country..Mr. Sachin you have to learn something from ponting..

Posted by szaranger on (November 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

What great news.. Australia has been saved by the Lord. Well done South Africa for getting rid of him.

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 29, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Well, couldnt start to write this. As tears roll down, i would say, Sir, you have been the best !! Wish we couldn't see you more, but thats how things go. All great things come to an end and so does the stellar career of one RT Ponting - the destroyer, the team-man and one of the very honest players ever to have played the game. What more to say !! Wishing you and your family the very best in the years to come !! God bless !!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

finally he realized that he is no more the best in cricket....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

One of the Greatest Batsman and Captain …. Cricket and Fans Really Miss uu Punter

Posted by Moppa on (November 29, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Congratulations Ricky on a great career and, just as importantly, ending it on the right terms and with the team's interests first. This is how the player with the most wins in Test cricket should be remembered. It was sad to see him clinging on and continually failing.... hopefully freed of the pressure and expectation he can belt one last Test century at the WACA.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Ggood bye ricky ponting. Have a nice life ahead

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

this man right here is a legend of the game....surely one of the greatest batsmen ever #pureprotea

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Hats off Punter. You were a very special player in international cricket. On this day I wouldnt prefer to compare with any other cricketer of the entire history of World cricket. You really deserve a big salute for all those fearless batting you displayed in your entire career. It was amazing to see you tearing apart the Indian Bowling in the 2003 cricket world cup final. You were equally ruthless in the first champions trophy your team could win and that was on Indian soil when your pushed the BCCI supremo Sharad Pawar out of the dais to celebrate the victory. We have seen you dictating your terms in the field. But the way you left you have maintained the high standards of Oz. you were instrumental in forcing retirement on Waugh bros by hanging your boots u have proved that in Australia the same yardstick applies to everyone. Unfortunately in our part of the world we worship heroes and one of our most respected hero is being pushed in the corner. May God give him enough will power.

Posted by mthi4life on (November 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

I knew it was coming but not in this series,Ponting is one of the greats of all time.Thank you for everything Ponting.This Proteas fun and cricket lover will miss you even though I have witnessed a lot of defeats because of your brilliant efforts.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 29, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Easily the 2 best batsmen in world cricket during his career with Lara in teams other than Aus. Though I rate Lara bit higher only Ponting comes second - the incredible knack of performing in most important matches and stunning rate of delevering wins for the team when he scores big. Easily one of the best bats in his own dominating Aus team once- no mean feat in a star studded lineup who themselves made up the top few rankings for best batsmen in the world....Special mention to other of his class contemporaries Kallis and Drasvid- Greats but not the 'aura' or the game changing aggressive batting of Ponting . Only Kallis left ... for how long..?

Posted by katwash on (November 29, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

My late father always said how privileged he was to see Sir Don bat at the MCG in 1937. A generation on, I was also privileged to see Ricky bat at the same venue. It was obvious to even his most ardent fans that his time was up, and to play his last test where it all began, will be a fitting end to a great career.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Well the biggest short coming of Ponting would be to not able to perform both as a player and captain once the big match winners went.

The pressure of being the "only" star batsman of the team took a toll on his batting and his captaincy.

Ricky's best came with the other best players of his generation, who had a bigger hand in the glorious run Australia had for 10 years.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

No doubt a great player, marvellous captain and a superb human being.Cricket will remember him forever. Hats off to him...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Great batting going to be ruled out from the Game.. Farewell Ricky

Posted by VikksB on (November 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Oho!! Terrific Skipper, Stunning BATSMAN, Electric Feilder, Awesome overall, Face of Australian Cricket. Contributed in more Wins for Aus than otherwise. Absolute Sporstman! very obvious that he and teamates are emotional, cricket fans around the world will be too. Love and Respect : Ricky Ponting!!! Have a great Second Innings!!! Gud Luck,

VikksB! Yo!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

#classic batsmen...u will be missed

Posted by Rahulbose on (November 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Last one from the great Aussie team to retire. He was a great batsmen but most impressive was how he grew to become a leader and captain of the team. He should take pride in having given up captaincy at the right time. Not many players have done that.

Posted by DELHISANKAR on (November 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Please do not force Sachin to retire. Ponting's retirement is his personal decision. Sachin must play. UPs and DOWNs will always be there when a player is playing for 2 decades. We should support him. He is not playing for money and there is no need for Sachin to earn money now. Even though he is playing for money... LET HIM. More records he is going to create and BCCI & selectors must support him. This is the time where Sachin need BOOST from all around the world. Hence no more talks on Sachin's RETIREMENT.

Posted by CharlesKeefe on (November 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

It's always sad when the greats of cricket retire and Ricky Ponting is definitely one of the greatest cricketers ever. Good luck and enjoy your retirement.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Ponting equal 3rd best ever rating

ICC Best-Ever Batsman Test Rating Pos Rat. Name Nat. Career Best Rating 1 961 D.G. Bradman AUS 961 v India, 1948 2 945 L. Hutton ENG 945 v West Indies, 1954 3 942 J.B. Hobbs ENG 942 v Australia, 1912 3 942 R.T. Ponting AUS 942 v England, 2006 6 938 G.S. Sobers WI 938 v India, 1967 6 938 K.C. Sangakkara SL 938 v England, 2007 6 938 I.V.A. Richards WI 938 v England, 1981 10 935 J.H. Kallis SA 935 v New Zealand, 2007 10 935 M.L. Hayden AUS 935 v England, 2002 15 922 K.D. Walters AUS 922 v South Africa, 1970 17 921 M.E.K. Hussey AUS 921 v West Indies, 2008 20 916 S.M. Gavaskar IND 916 v England, 1979 23 911 B.C. Lara WI 911 v South Africa, 2004 26 898 S.R. Tendulkar IND 898 v Zimbabwe, 2002 27 897 W.R. Hammond ENG 897 v New Zealand, 1933 28 895 S.R. Waugh AUS 895 v England, 1997 32 890 M.J. Clarke AUS 890 v South Africa, 2012

Posted by STRAIGHT_TALK on (November 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

The Flat Track Bully finally retires. Australia will most surely miss Ponting the slip catcher and fielder, more than as a batsman, given his rapid deterioration in recent times. Friends, please dont expect SRT to retire soon.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Yeah thats true, watching any oz cricket 5.00am from india will never be the same.

I think the special thing about Ponting's poor run of form would be something more on the mental side than the technical one. He was once the skipper of the team which used to pound other teams. Watching many of his mates retire like Gilly, Mcgrath, Hayden, Symonds affected his game play.

The way australia slided below the ranks affected his game much rather than anything else. Only a cricketer with 100% commitment can be affected by these things. A true genius.

Once again we will miss your pull shots..(used to remind me of snakes..:)..he picks the length and pulls it in front of the square so quickly that by the time it goes past you as fielder, you realize..

Posted by Knowledge_Speaks on (November 29, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

When I was in childhood... saw ponting's batting and power. When I am young now still was seeing his batting. It Hurts when a lenged goes away..... He is a truely an entertainer for everyone.... please will go back and will watch less cricket due to such things happens and missings.

Posted by amithinspiredbyponting on (November 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

I was 5 when i first saw u bat and i cried every time u missed out on a century but today i am glad that i at least didn't have to cry for 71 times and i want to see you bat for one last time with tears in my eyes, but they must be tears of joy 72nd and 73rd are in line waiting to want you, please take them....You will always be the tyrant...a real fighter...Can i please see you for one more series...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

When will our little master hang his boots?

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

A decent career. In such a long career highs and lows are certain- same for Ponting. It is another fact that not counting his successes and only his losses ,anyone will with gladness take it - he had so little during his career- That he played for Australia who it was believed were only destined for success magnifies his losses .A good capt of a great Aus team and an unbelievable amopunt of success in his career- envy of any sportsman....

Posted by timtom on (November 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Oh Man !!!! This was not expected... Such must have been the pressure.. Even though I have not been a fan of PONTING for his on field off bat antics, this news saddens me.... Now there is no pressure.. Score a hundred on your last match..

Posted by Dolci on (November 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

I remember when i first saw him bat (around 1995) and thinking this guy is pretty good, that was an understatement. Perhaps he doesn't have the records that some other self centered batsman have, however in my opinion he is the greatest batsman of the modern era, especially because of his ability to consistently fight and contribute when his team most needs him and also because he has done this on any wicket. He has won many games for Australia.

Only Kallis and Dravid are in the same league as Ponting.

Long live Ricky.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Can people stop Sachin bashing and pay a tribute to Ponting? This article talks about Ponting's retirement and not Sachin retirement speculation! :)

Posted by Narayan.Shastri on (November 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

RTP - The Rare Tasmanian Devil - a unique Australian batsman with an unusually high backlift and powerful strokes on either side of the wicket - thanks for entertaining cricket fans worldwide with your sparkling batting exploits. Thumbs up!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Finally the ice-berg of fearlessness and arrogance melt down into an emotional stream of tears... Many congratulations to Ponting for his illustrious career. Now that he has reached his threshold, he will always be remembered in cricketing world. Kudos..

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan on (November 29, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

From the day I can remember watching cricket, only 3 names now remain: Daniel Vettori, Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and Sachin Tendulkar. The vanguard has surely changed, and the torch is passed. You made our life hell in that 2003 World Cup Final. Well played mate, it was awesome and sometimes terrifying to watch you play, but it was always worth it.

Posted by PPL11 on (November 29, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Lets hope it will be special win for special person to retire on high, wish he makes century or match wining knock in final test... Long live Mr.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (November 29, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

He was not Australias best Cricketing Ambassador, but there is no denying that he possessed immense talent as a batsman, especially for one who came from Tasmania, following the footsteps of Boon.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 29, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

irrespective of whether I liked him as a man,I must say he was a fantastic player and THE wicket you always wanted when playing against Aus..Good Luck to him in whatever he does in the future...

Posted by dalboy12 on (November 29, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

@yoohoo limited batsman - the guy has scored more test runs than anyone else in test bar one. He can't have been that limited. Personally, I think Ponting was a great batsman, maybe not a great captain --- but man the guy could bat and is a superb fielder. Will go down as one of the greats.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

#respect for punter... You will be missed

Posted by AswinSP on (November 29, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

As an Indian, Punter is my favorite Aussie cricketer. Sad to see him retire. :(

To fellow Indians: Use this space to pour your views on Ponting and not someone else .

Posted by kurups on (November 29, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

A player I have liked so very very much and has been on the top of my list for longer than any other player..the intensity and skill with which Punter played the game was just AWESOME! none like him!..wish he keeps playing some league..just for us to take comfort in the fact that he is still in there!! come here to IPL!

Posted by Sanj747 on (November 29, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Could have waited for the person record in Hobart to beat Steve Waugh's record of most tests for Australia but doesn't belive in individual fan fare. His record of playing in 100 test wins will never be beaten. A true great. Time was up. Well done and the right way to go.

Posted by S-Matrix on (November 29, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Last of the late 1990's invincible Aussie star retires. There really is no more seeking of support from past glories for Australia.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

one of the most consistent players of all time even beter thn sachin, specialy in Big Games

Posted by James.The.Ripper on (November 29, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

First R. Dravid and VVS Laxman and now Ricky Ponting :( another sad day for cricket fans. Good luck Ricky for tomorrow's game.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

i hope tendulkar is watching this...but he still wont retire because he wants kallis to retire first!!!!!punter was a great fighter and batsman...he has retired just at the right time....gosh,sachin will still play the 2015 world cup

Posted by tanish2009 on (November 29, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Pointing............a big salute to you man............a true cricketer......amazing bats man and a wonderful sportsmanship...............hope people around you learns from your commitment to the team................

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (November 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Watching cricket in Oz in the early hours from India will NEVER,EVER be the same again. Those magnificent pull shots will long stay in memory. The BEST player of fast bowling of the mordern era-tendulkar,kallis,lara included!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Well Its difficult to Like RIcky ponting whole heardtedly but in that lies his biggest attribute- he left it all on the field and wore his heart on his sleeve- a captain who will fight with you - someone with an invisible lil chip on his shoulder. Brilliant run Ricky.

Posted by thebeardedblunder on (November 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

As an Englishman I'm gutted Ponting wont be playing in next Summer's Ashes. Sure, he's stuck one up us on more than a few occasions, but his retiring will be a sad loss indeed. To the English, beating our old foes is the ultimate, but I'd have loved to see the old warrior lock horns with us one more time. So all the best Ricky and thanks for the memories.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Ponting has been the most crucial player in the golden era of Australian cricket.He was a true leader and a source of inspiration for all budding cricketers.He redefined the batting at no. 3 and his elegant style impressed everyone in the cricketing fraternity...Wish him great future ahead !!!!!

Posted by hst84 on (November 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

A great player to a great ending..Hope you'll be there around the field somehow and thanks for all the great cricketing moments that you've delivered with your game..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Finally Mr. Ponting has understood his limits and realized that age always comes into factor......Same was the case with Rahul Dravid and Laxman.........Sachin will soon follow suit.............but its really sad for Cricket as the most prolific Aussie Captain & Batsman has retired :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Hat's of t oone of the best batsmen from my teens. Lara, Sachin and Ponting the trinity. In my opinion, the least talented but the best fighter among the lot.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Not only Australian team will miss but the cricket lover around the world would surely miss a Class of Cricket.. I also apprciate the decision and would love to see a 100 on WACA from Ponting Bat.

I wish all the best for Ponting

Posted by Sarangarajan on (November 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Ponting has been a revelation as a very skilled and smart batsman in the cricketing world so long.Ricky you gave us lots of lots of joy in watching your batting on TV obviously in matches not involving India!!! On can never forget your audacious pull and glowing cover drive in all formats of game - especially in tests.Coming one down in tests ,on many occasions, he simply bulldozecd the opponents to submission thoruogh his superb batting skills.It is going to be very difficult to imagine an aussie side without Punter at 3.

Posted by OzDieHard on (November 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Congrats Ricky on a wonderful career, pleasure to watch you play each time. Stuff people like "yoohoo who say limited batsmen, avg leader", hell they know. Ponting took over a team that had lost heroes such as Warne, McGrath, Langer, Hayden, a massive task for any leader to rebuild a team.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Punter sign's off!! ... congratulations punter on a marvelous carrier and achievements you have made in cricketing field!!

Cricketers lovers will you miss you punter....

All the best for you life after cricket!!

Posted by Rahul981 on (November 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Take a bow Ricky. Thank you very much for giving us the entertainment . Players had come , have come and will come in future too. How ever there is only one Punter ... Genius players saying good bye , The Wall , VVS and now you , Cricket lovers will remember u all.

Posted by coolindianfan on (November 29, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

miss u pointing u along with gilly were my 2 favorite Australian batsmen thnx for entertaining wish u a great life ahead

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (November 29, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

we Indian always tried to think that Tendulkar is better batsman than Ponting. So whenever a great like Bradman, Sobers said that Tendulkar being the greatest we went gaga over that. But time and again barring a few instance Ricky was superior in temperament, understanding of the game and even in technique they were 51-49. There was very healthy competition for all the batting records that mattered and we as fans enjoyed that tussle. With the age both faced same problem and again Ponting was first to realize that. He realised that though he is enjoying the game but his good enough is not good enough for the team. How hard is that to realize? Game on Sachin! I think Ponting won again here.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (November 29, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Fantastic news for both Australian and world cricket. His behavior on the field was disgraceful, and has hurt Australia's reputation worldwide. Very few people liked him outside of Australia. True greats like Sachin, Lara, Kallis, Warne are admired throughout the world -- not just in their own country.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Thank GOD! there`s no more cry baby in cricket.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

A fitting end to a wonderful career - I wish he could've kept playing but I believe his decision to retire now was a reasonable one, considering he hasn't scored a whole lot of runs this summer. Let's hope he can get some runs tomorrow, win the test match and finish on a high with Australia No. 1 in the world yet again!

Posted by challagalla on (November 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Sad to see him go. A perfect example of putting your team interests ahead of your personal goals. I guess he just knew his time was up and decided to retire gracefully. Good show Ponting.

Posted by harsh1409 on (November 29, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Gr8 decision Mr. Ponting. I am his hardcore fan. Very difficult to digest. He is better player than greedy Sachin. Ponting's contribution can not be ignored. Now Sachin should announce his retirement if he has some self respect so that the deserving players waiting must be given a chance. Sachin has deprived these players what they deserve. Why he is saying let the selectors decide? Why selectors? He should come forward and say I am saying good bye to international cricket. By doing so he gain more respect rather than dropping from the squad.

Posted by saud111100 on (November 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

please dont do this punter..........i wanna see play for ashes...........plz plz plz....

Posted by Sumedha1980 on (November 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Thanks for the entertainment that u have given to us....u are a legend....all the very best's better sachin make a desition before its too late.....before people get fed up of him.....

Posted by Pathiyal on (November 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

End of an EPIC career! Ponting has seen the high and low of Aussie cricket.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 29, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

As mark taylor said the other day, in the last 4 years, ponting has only averaged more than 33 in a test series once. That was last summer against a very weak indian bowling linep. I personally think he should have retired in 2009 after the aussies beat south africa at home after they had won here. That was a trimphant win and ricky hadnt faced all the doubters really yet, he would have gone out on a high, unlike now

Posted by Cricket_fan85 on (November 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Well played Punter.. you are retiring at a stage when bowlers are still figuring out an answer to your cover drives and pull .. Well played mate .. you brought that pride wearing baggy Green .. I know how emotional it can be to hang your boots after serving your country for 17 years .. and how sad it can be when you know you cannot do something which is a part of your blood and something you would love to do day and day out.. Happy Retirement mate.....

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@ Dork29 -- I thought this article is about Ponting's retirement. So, please shut up about Tendulkar and talk about Ponting's career. Dont feel you are intelligent by cherry picking innings and stats like wc 2003. The same ponting could not do anything when India thrashed australia in 2011. For any player who has played the game for around 2 decades there will be highs and lows. To say that Ponting was bad because his stats in India are pathetic or to say that Sachin is bad because he did not score in WC finals in 2003 is just stupidity. As for Ponting, I would say only one thing -- he is the guy who the opponents loved to hate -- that should tell you something about how good he was for his own team. Hopefully he will unfurl some of his trademark hook shots and play a belligerent innings in Perth to make it a match to remember.

Posted by stickboy on (November 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

feel quite sad about this, was my favourite player since i was a kid, but also kind of feel it's the right time to go. In fact I thought he should have retired at the end of the India series (before the series started), but I suppose he felt that he was playing to well to retire. He's still a legend.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

He has nothing further to prove, his career is illustrious why limp on when you can go out ahead. As a cricket fan, as a Protea's fan Ricky Ponting we salute you.

Posted by Akshita29 on (November 29, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Congrats to Punter . Hope he plays a great innings at perth.

Posted by ars29 on (November 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

why not one more Ashes Punter?? :(

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

We miss you Lezend in the world. Whoever your replacement is will have massive shoes to fill. Huge deficit for Austrialian Cricket...No one can fill up his vacant place like him becuase he was one of the splendid player who leading from the front everytime.............Good luck for the Perth Test..............

Posted by Dhanvanth on (November 29, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Well it is a good decision from punter...announcing retirement before the selectors throw him out! A great captain and an example to all other captains! Wish u a happy after-life!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Congratulations Punter- you have been a great ambassador for cricket and one of the best... wish you and family all the best for the future. Cricket will miss you fr sure.

Posted by rohanbala on (November 29, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Thank you very much Punter for your invaluable contribution to Australian cricket and for entertaining the Cricket World with your great skills. Players like Ricky Ponting come once after a very long time. He will certainly be a shining example for the future generation cricketers and I am sure most of those who have had the opportunity of playing with him will miss his presence.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Punter calls it a day..he was one of my cricketing heroes when growing up, even though i was not a big fan of his batting style.especialy the way he shuffles in the crease when he first arrives in the crease.his fielding was awsome, brilliant..he along with johnty rhodes changed the art of late 1990's and early 2000's which revolutionised cricket..and cricket viewing also.since my favourite cricket skill was fielding they were my heroes when it comes to point he even outscored Jhonty in hitting direct throws..Australia will miss him..for his shere capabilty of taking the match away from the opposition with in few overs or in a test match session..all the very best punter for for a bright future

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Cricket will be poorer with out Ricky. He is a professional and fighter who never gave up! We will miss his trade mark pulls, hooks and cover drives just as we missed steve waugh retired.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

The golden era of test cricket is coming to a closure here with all the greats retiring one after the other . the game wouldnt be the same anymore without all these players.

Posted by yuio3456 on (November 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Congratulations on a marvellous career Ricky Ponting!! I'm think I'm right to say that he has been the greatest batsman-fieldsman to have ever played the game.

Posted by yoohoo on (November 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Limited Batsmen, average leader, but great fighter. He was good in some conditions which assist pace, but useless against spin esp in subcontinent. Made the most of his talent though, and fought hard whenever he played. Have to respect him for that.

Posted by palla.avinash on (November 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

ponting please dont go away from cricket,i would like to see you in ipl , please play ipl i cant even imagine not seeing ur game.

Posted by MADANAANJI on (November 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

one more cricket legend got re-ti-red .this year 3 legneds are gone dowm. 1.Rahul dravid[The indian cricket wall] 2.Very Very Very Special Lakshman[Indian cricket savior] 3.Ricky Pointing[Australia most successful player and captian].

We are missing a lot u guys...................

Wiah you all the best for Your future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

It is end of an Era of batsmen... Lara, Ponting, Waugh Bros, Mo. yousuf, ... i do not see any news one taking the same charge as these legends.

Feel Sorry for Ponting as he coud not perform in the last couple of months.

Sad in deed.

Great Batsman.....Great Captian as well.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 29, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

This reminds me of when a celebrity dies and all their failures and weaknesses are conveniently forgotten and the person becomes a saint who could do no wrong. I personally am going to remember ricky for his safe and boring captaincy style, many ashes losses, staying too long and generally quality of arrogance

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Ricky has been it one day or Tests..An excellent player with good record..the world will miss him

Posted by mateyman on (November 29, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Cricket will not be same :(. The last of the golden era to retire... First Waugh, then Hayden, Langer, Warne, McGrath, Gillespie and now Ponting.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (November 29, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Goodbye to a truly Great player, the last of the all-conquering Aussie team of the mid-90's to the middle of the last decade. While one could find his attitude abrasive at times there is no doubt he had the skill to back up his mouth unlike some of the current Aus players. We Indians were at the receiving end of many superb innings from him, the stand-out probably being the World Cup Final of 2003. Adios and all the best from a cricket fan

Posted by Chris_P on (November 29, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Kudos on a grand career, I feel privileged to have been around to watch it. End of this particular chapter of Aussie cricket. Good luck for the future with your family.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Great Player & Caption. I miss him in 4th test.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Surely Australian Team will be missing their all time greats...They missed Mcgrath,Hayden & Gilchrist and we saw them struggle so much and lose their top ranking in all formats..They missed Symonds because of his attitude or some other discipline problems... Now with the recent retirement of ponting , there will be much pressure for Australian test team and for Michael clarke..... And for Ponting : Thanks for the entertainment he left for the cricket fans..Its always good to see his batting when he is in full flow..All the best for all his future endeavors :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Surely Australian Team will be missing their all time greats...They missed Mcgrath,Hayden & Gilchrist and we saw them struggle so much and lose their top ranking in all formats..They missed Symonds because of his attitude or some other discipline problems... Now with the recent retirement of ponting , there will be much pressure for Australian test team and for Michael clarke..... And for Ponting : Thanks for the entertainment he left for the cricket fans..Its always good to see his batting when he is in full flow..All the best for all his future endeavors :)

Posted by yogi.s on (November 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Ponting has been a wonderful player and a true legend of the game. Always liked his desire to win though not always gentlemanly. Respect to you punter..the game will be poorer without players like you.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

cant find such a great player of short pitch ball... he goes in to backfoot and smashhhhhhhhh the ball over midwicket..... I cant see any other player like him...... great era of cricket finally ended....... :(

Posted by Alonelypontingfan on (November 29, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

I hope he gets a triple ton :(

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

At his peak (which probably ended not long after the 2008 Sydney Test against India; 81 wins from 113 Tests) - he was the best since Bradman.

My wish for him was that his last few series as non-captain would be as full of centuries as Tendulkar's has been. It is sad, for me, that it didn't turn out that way; also that his average has dropped below the 56ish where it was for most of his career, because people might now look back and maybe think that he wasn't as good as Tendulkar, Lara, Sangakara, Kallis, and Chappell, which as I said earlier, he most definitely was.

Hope he finishes of with a big Hundred at Perth, as he was robbed of his hundred on debut there in 1995.

Posted by umairhuda on (November 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

To me this is an end of great era. One of my fav. is leaving the cricket grounds after Inzi and Mohd. Yousuf

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Every good thing must come to an end. i'm happy you are going out with dignity.. may good bless u with an even more successful life after cricket. fan from Guyana.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Love him or not...He has been the most consistent batsmen & Captain at the same time....most successful in captain in the world cups also...Yes he had a great team but a Kangaroo cant lead a Lions army he was one too.....

Posted by Redbac on (November 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Well played, Punter. The Ashes were going to be one quest too far. Inspire the Baggygreens to knock over the S'th Effricens and re-take the Mace. Good way to go out on top. You have one more big score in you. Get that ton you missed by 4 on debut at the WACA when you were 20.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Classy cricketer and a top class batsman. Surely an era in Australian cricket. Will remember watching him play alongside the best. He surely was exemplary than most of his peers.

Posted by kaarthikraaj on (November 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Certainly one of the game's greatest. Well done Ricky. @sachin bashers please stop bashing sachin.Just because ricky is going to retire it doesnt mean that sachin should retire...its their personal decision.If sachin feels he can contribute we should respect that...Please note he has entertained us for the past 23 yrs like no one can and has enjoyed success with the bat more than anyone in the history of cricket....Find it funny to see comments mentioning sachin as overrated cricketer...The game's greatest team has been dominated by the so called overrated player for the past two shut up and better respect the great man

Posted by Major_Hammad on (November 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Ricky Ponting is a Legend Player of Cricket History, One of the Best of Top Legends.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

I respect for this great decision. Sachin Tendulkar should learn from this. Pointing is one the great players I have seen and great ppl do great things. But I don't know whats problem with Sachin Tendulkar. Just playing for money and not giving chance to young player.

Posted by yocasi on (November 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Best wishes to you & family, Ponting. Though I'm West Indian to the bone, I admire your indomitable cricket spirit. Wish other bloggers would not use this opportunity to belittle Tendulkar. Cheers, Ricky!

Posted by KPWij on (November 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Ricky Ponting will go down as one of the greatest batsmen and leaders to have played the game. It is sad to see him go, but it is also pleasing that he has been able to do it his way. The best end to his career would be another match win, series win, and Australia reclaiming the number 1 test ranking from the team ranked number 1 currently... That would be fitting as well as a perfect ending to a stellar career.

Posted by dork29 on (November 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

That is why Australia is Australia and India is India. Ponting is Ponting and Donedulkar is Donedulkar. You cannot miss the sarcasm in ponting's comment that this was a decision made by HIM and not the selectors. our man sounded weak and cunning, when he said he would rather leave the decision of his future to the selectors. And he isright. Donedulkar is acting like a prick now. Hats off to Ponting who was definitely a better batsman than Donedulkar throughout his career. The WC final where he got that 140+ score against India was a rather rude reminder of where he is and where our man is. Hats off Ricky, God speed and farewell!

Posted by smalishah84 on (November 29, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Good bye Ricky. The last of the great Aussie players from the 90s. Marks the end of an era.

Posted by JasonWoodsworth on (November 29, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@Harry121. Stephen made sum gud points. but you Indians are too stupid to understand it. Anyway, Sachin only got the award due to political reasons, not merit. You Indians can believe what you want, but in reality Sachin is no more than a club cricketer. He is only good for Indian cricket. Keep yapping anyway.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Pointing has given tremendous service not only Australian cricket but to world cricket as well by playing the game hard and to the best of his ability.

Ricky - you have given us greatest moments to cherish and have a wonderful life ahead. God bless you and your family.


Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

cricket fun will miss you Ricky best of luck

Posted by Theredbaron on (November 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Biff has done it again. Another former captain retires afer a series facing Graeme Smith. Hussain, Vaughn, Strauss and now Ponting. Anyway well done Ponting on an outstanding career

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

I love to watch the batting of Pointing, the most stylish player after LARA. He leaves at the right time because his performance is consistently bad. You accept the reality, that's the true sportsman ship. Hats off to you.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Hats off, Ricky. We in India love you for your audacity and sheer talent. There was not a batsman whose back we loved to see more than yours (when you were playing against us). An amazing captain and more than brilliant fielder (how many guys today can hit the stumps directly like you with consistency), you are one of the greats of the game. Thanks for the treat that you have given us.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Great timing. Now we can get in Hughes or Khawaja to get some experience under their belt prior to the Ashes. I congratulate the selectors and Ponting on this decision.

Posted by SantoshGhirnikar on (November 29, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Another legend leaves the stage his head held high. His retirement brings into focus the reluctance of one legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar to retire even though his best is way way behind him. I am baffled as to why SRT is tainting his legacy. History will record that SRT had to be forced out because he just didn't know when to quit.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (November 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

The greatest player of fast bowling in the mordern era. His hook was thrilling to watch. Mr Ponting. Love from India. You have tons and tons of fans here and we'll miss you for sure!

Posted by klempie on (November 29, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

I personally will not miss this miserable little man. Fantastic batsman? No doubt. But his on-field demeanor left much to be desired. A worse sportsman I don't think I can think of nor a worse ambassador for the game. It will be a relief not having to endure his temper tantrums when things don't go his way. The REAL Mr. Cricket is set to surpass all of this guy's statistics in the next year or two...looking forward to it.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Congrats to Punter - worthy of the title 'Legend"!

Posted by daredevilgutz on (November 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Ricky Ponting (Punter), the greatest cricketer in the history of cricket. What an achievement. 3 world cup champion and 2 as a Captain which is simply extraordinary. People might think he got a good team from Master Steven Waugh but he changed the team into INVINCIBLES which is not an easy job. Ponting himself a great player lead a team with fantastic players like Gilly, Langer, Hayden, McGrath, Warney, Lee, Clarkey which is a very tough job. Even india, Pakistan and South Africa too had awesome captains with superb players but succumed in the crucial matches and in the world cup tournaments But Ricky took the team into different league thats the difference. Ricky the Man--Best Captain, Best fielder and catcher after Jhonty and can easily be included in the top 5 best batsmen in the history of Cricket. There are two kinds of cricketers, one is Ricky Ponting and rest are others.. WHAT A CHAMPION!!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

I have followed Ricky Ponting's career all the way from his debut in 1995. The four most unforgettable defining images of Ponting I have are: 1. His coruscating, brutal 140 not out off 120 deliveries in the 2003 World Cup final against India 2. His monumental 156 to save a crucial Test match against England at Old Trafford in the 2005 Ashes 3. Ponting's "cat on a hot tin roof" hop, skip and jump struggles against Ishant Sharma for 45 minutes and eventually succumbing to Ishant in the 2007-08 Perth Test which India won 4. Ponting's never-ending uncomfortable encounters with Harbhajan Singh who ended up dismissing Ricky Ponting about ten times, almost always for low scores.

Posted by DELHISANKAR on (November 29, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

There is no urgency for Sachin's retirement. We should not compare Ponting's decision with Sachin. Let him play for atleast 2 more years. He will recover from his poor form. 2013 - Sachin will entertine the world with his beautiful centuries. Let us hope for the best. Without Sachin there is no Cricket.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

If anyone ask me who is the greatest cricketer of all time? will it be Sir Donald Bradman nope then schin tendulkar nope then Brain Lara nope then Who will it be? none other than RICKY PONTING RICKY PONTING RICKY PONTING because he has been leading from the front. Australia made to final 4 times in a row where he was member of all 4 and Won World Cup two times under his captaincy , 140 match wining score in 2003 final, 40 test centuries, 30 ODI centuries does anyone has those

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

good decision for him. this is the right time for him to leave the cricket before selectors do something. another shinning star goes off. Good luck punter!

Posted by ankitmidha86 on (November 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Ponting is one person I have looked upto all my life..For me he is the reason for which I have liked playing and seeing this game so I am feeling really depressed as it seems that an era has come to an end....All the best for your future punter...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Thank you for many years of entertainment and best of luck. You will be remembered as among the best of the best.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Love to see him scoring a double century in his farewell :)...

Posted by Solid_Snake on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Sachin..please go away..Cricket is not for you anymore. Retire,take all of your records with yourself & have some peace

Posted by Mrbalas on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Good luck in your last test Ricky, hope you make some runs but not too many, please. Think their was a lot of pressure put on him to retire, he will be missed come ashes time. He still shows great spirit and enjoyment for the game. A great captain, batsmen and man. Gracias por todo!

Posted by Rippersportspro on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Superb near 2 decade international career from Ponting, who will go down as one of the all time greats. An excellent cricketer who made many achievements a reality - 3 consecutive ODI World Cup wins (2 as captain), back-to-back centuries in his 100th Test, 5-0 Ashes victory, first (and currently only) player to be involved in at least 100 Test match wins just to name a few. Successful captain, superb batsman and an exceptional fielder. Many valuable contributions over the years will most certainly be remembered.

I have also had the privilege of being able to meet Ponting twice in person at the SCG and both times he has come across as a genuinely nice bloke and clearly has huge passion for the game.

Punter, the knowledge and experience that you have passed on to your fellow team mates will be immensely useful in the years to come. Whoever your replacement is will have massive shoes to fill.

Fantastic service to the game of cricket. Punter, no doubt you'll be hugely missed.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Farewell. Great Punter's contribution will never be denied by CA and Australian people and also Ricky's fans all over the world. Good luck for future life

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

@HEARTFREE , STEPHEN_SMITH : even on the retirement of Ricky guys are talking of Sachin ...explain itself his greatness...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Ponting said. "I'm glad I've got the opportunity to go out on my terms." That's how a legend should quit. Unlike Sachin...Love all the way from Bangladesh Punter!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

you were good..but could have earned more if u could have maintained yourself from false activities you did all over the world e.g.false appeals against India. Spitting against WI players and many sledging issues..but here have a happy life ahead

Posted by Thanju on (November 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

hats off to u punter..i can't even remember an innings that you played for always put team before you.thankyou for all the memories.the face of australian cricket for so will remember for long. from proteas fan.

Posted by FazleAbed on (November 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

I just dont understand when ever there is an article about Ricky Ponting, autometically Sachin name comes. Come on Ronting is not Sachin's Husband/Boy friend. & they are not Bollywood actor.

Posted by deep2sha on (November 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

everyoe wnted PONTING to when he has decided people are saying we will miss him.....what a contrast.....reality is that ponting and sachin are the greatest batsman after second thought for me...miles ahead of lara and the one wish of people is fulfilled i am sure sachin will also retire due to this selfish pressure from a section of peole....very easily we forget there past....shame on will be poorer without them....khwaja and manoj tiwari will be included in team and i bet they will not survive for 3 years forget 20.. lets hope ponting and sachin scores in there rest matches ....WE WILL MISS U PONTING AS A FIGHTER....FOR SACHIN ...SHOW THE WORLD WHAT U R...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

I love to watch his cricketing shots, particularly pull shots. What a elegant way he pulls the cricketing ball, this is more than anything for me. I love it from my heart. I am a early riser and when I wake up from my bed and pray Fajr salat and then sitting with serious attention to watch Aussies cricket, particularly Test match and one day cricket. Being Bangladeshi, we are by born supporter of Subcontinent but in presence of Punter I support to Aussies cricket. It is really a heart breaking news for me that my dearest player in world cricket I will no more watch his live game to whom I was thinking to break the Sachin record. The world is so critical and ungrateful. I still do believe, Punter has given Aussies more than any Aussies player did. In his tenure Aussies won three world cup and many more series. I do not like to mention all the glory, but I am extremely sad to know his intention to retire from International cricket.

Posted by Harry1218 on (November 29, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

@Stephen_Smith..No doubt ponting is a great player!!! BUT when compare to sachin... he stands no where around him. Ponting play in the era of great australian team... macgra, warne, hayden, gilly and many more. But SACHIN lift all the pressure lonely on his shoulder through his career.... and Don't forget australian gov. give him honour recently... So accept it that Sachin is much greater then punter...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

When you gotta go, you gotta go. Leave when people ask 'why' and not the proverbial 'why not'. Never really liked him for his aggressive stance as a captain but as an individual hats off to take a call before the push became a shove.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

I love to see players retire on there own. Hats off to Punter and Rahul I am not sure when Sachin going to retire and give way to youngster.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

A time comes for every Cricketer to retire & really a sad day since Ricky Ponting is retiring from International Cricket. Ricky was one of the best batsman & the finest fielder in this generation. MISS YOU A LOT RICKY.

Posted by ishud on (November 29, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Ricky, you are my Bradman!

Posted by cricketkumar on (November 29, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar can never make such a selfless decision. I doubt he would go Ponting's way.

Posted by sanghvir on (November 29, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Whenever people around me discuss the PULL shot, they always talk about PONTING. Sad to see one of the best in business to leave. All the Best to you Ricky.

Posted by siddharth_r2001 on (November 29, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

@heartfree - you WISH Mr. Sachin Tendulkar would retire! The man just keeps playing for records. Realistically, Ponting and Kallis were the only ones who could beat his record of test runs and test centuries. Now that Ponting is out of his way, wait for Kallis to retire, and mark my words, Tendulkar will retire right after that!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

I miss you punter in ground..

Posted by karthik_raja on (November 29, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Another legend goes. Will surely miss him. One of the fine batsman, cricket has produced. Salute.!!!

Posted by shibuvin on (November 29, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

My Solid point here is, Any Sports for that matter is meant to be Entertainment and Fun. But, in south Asian countries especially in India, It's more like a career for the players. They tend to have a lot of pressures in their formative years. And once they are success, It's like a business. And that's what happening with Tendulkar. It's obvious that Ponting is not contributing much and he calls it a day, Because He is unable to enjoy the game. But in India, It's a different story, especially with Sachin. I always do hats off to Dravid and Laxman.....:)

Posted by Divinetouch on (November 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I am not Indian but I will certainly miss the best batsman ever - Sachin Tendulkar when he decides to deprive the game of his presence.

Posted by Usmaan21 on (November 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

A good decision made by Ricky at the right time....He is one of the best cricketer ever...the way he has served cricket and his country will always be remembered....We will defninitely miss him in the ASHES but this is how cricket should proceed....CA should plan a fantastic farewell for Ricky and I wish him all the best for his all future endeavours.

Posted by LordKratos on (November 29, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

"This is not a decision thats been made by the selectors, this is a decision that has been made by me"

Err thats not entirely true Mr Pointing and you know it. Its the pressure thats been building ever since you lost your captaincy and when you sir was reduced to playing only test cricket that the writing was on the wall. But you sir are one my best all time cricket players and if cricket has a hall of fame then Ricky Pointing is a name that should be set in stone in it.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

No matter you managed to score just 1 hundred in 15 odd test matches you played on the indian turf,you shall certainly remain one of the cricket greats.Retire in peace ricky

Posted by conquerer47 on (November 29, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

@Stephan_Smith, all said and done punter is top class cricketer. At the same time in cricket you go by the statistics, if one has to be ON TOP of it he has to have class and consistency to reach the summit. So request comparison would not change the FACTS. SACHIN is considered the TOP BATSMAN at this JUNCTURE. There is no doubt on that.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

No matter you scored just 1 test ton in india in some 15 odd tests,you shall always be one of the cricket greats.REtire in peace ricky

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Punter has millions of fans, I've always been one of them. He was indeed the best skipper Australian Cricket Team ever had. A batsman of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. The world will remember him till the day Cricket exists.

Posted by Kitschiguy on (November 29, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Too little too late. Unfortunately there are still many petulant players in the Australian side many of whom are already expert sledgers. David Warner is his protégé.

Posted by Meety on (November 29, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

I knew that there would be a fairly good chance that one of the first posts would compare this to Sachin. First one - check! Second one - check, & Third one - check!

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (November 29, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Not my favorite but The Greatest Cricketer I've ever seen! LEGEND from top to the bottom! The most complete cricketer I've ever seen! Surely the cricketing world will miss you but I think you took the right decision before it is too late! Hats off to the great player!

Posted by Faarhan on (November 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Being a Pakistani Cricket Fan, I never have tears in my eyes on retirement of any cricketer but I am feeling so bad for a true Legend (Ponting). He is one of the a great captain world has ever produced.

Good Luck Ricky !!

Please Please please...... publish it please...

Posted by Sharjeel77 on (November 29, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Sachin should take a leaf out of Ponting's book. Ponting quit while he was ahead - Sachin might not be able to say that. Anyway he should try and cut his losses.

Posted by Joby_George on (November 29, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

The Best No.3 Batsman world cricket had ever seen. Fearless and stubborn after all a great batsman. He leaves at the right time without being a burden to the team, SRT please follow his path.

Posted by aussietiger on (November 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Its Time to move on to the next level rather than you know what, its all about learning curve of life , Put it this way you have been promoted to next level, may be a coach , commentator or cricket admin etc, Hats of to you accepted the reality and moving on Hats off to you with Heads bows down to you, GREAT.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Great career,no doubt about it.Why these Pakis and Sachin haters are commenting on Sachin I dont understand.Sachin knows when to retire and dont need anyone's advice.So please SHUT UP Sachin haters.Salute to Ponting (no3 batsman in world after Sachin and Lara).

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (November 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Sad day for world cricket. One more legend is biding adieu. Another opportunity for all Sachin Bashers to have go at him. Neverthless, Punter has been an outstanding player and is a Legend. Respect & Salute. Now, all critics are happy and awaiting the retirement of one more legend, without realising how poor the game will be without these stalwarts not to excluse The Wall & VVS. I am in tears and seeing the end of Sachin's career at Nagpur. God bless every one.

Congratulations to Punter for an outstanding career and his record of more than 100 Test Wins can never be matched by anybody in the History.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

A fighter and a master class batsman.Cricket will miss him.Great team player, terrific decision for the goodness..I love this legend.

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Not great but greatest batsman. No one can compare you with the other one. He scored hundreds of hundreds. You missed 100s of 100s because you looked your team. You were part of 100 wins but he was part of 100 losses. You took more than 100 catches, he dropped 100 catches. You are the 2nd innigns hero, he is the 2nd innings zero (even 1st innings also). You have very good opportunity of scoring another 8 hundreds in India during March 2013, but you disappointed everyone.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Its the media curse. They did this to Hayden. And now ponting. i Have grown up watching you guys. Take a bow and wish you all the best for what you do next.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

One of the all time greats for sure..

Posted by joe_antony on (November 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Ponting and Tendulkar both are greats of cricket. Both Indian and Australian fans admire both of them. I would rate Sachin a touch higher than Ponting for the reason that he was around weak teammates most of the time of his career, whereas Ponting was among other great players. Sachin used to be the lone fighter for India many years. Put aside those things, these two have done justice to the game and shown class and technique together. Pointing has made right decision right time. Tendulkar should follow him and announce his retirement.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

very sad news for world cricket we need a big knock before u retire

Posted by Just_love_it on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Hey wass'up with smith & proteas company ? This is happening again n again ....Nasser Husain, Michael Vaughan ,Andrew Strauss and now Ricky ponting ! They r making so many players to resign at the end of their series ! Anyway ponting was in BIG decline and a good decision by him/selectors.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Will gonna miss your Slip fielding, runouts, Pull shots etc :/

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Well played Ricky. You enthralled fans across the globe with your wonderful stroke-play. You contributed so much to Aussie wins. Very sad to hear about your retirement. You will be missed. I wish you and your family the very best. Hope you succeed in your future plans too. Hope to see you alongside Dravid and Ganguly in the commentary box. Cheers mite (as in mate)!

Posted by IndiaCricketFans on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Ricky Ponting declares: it's all over now....

Posted by RJHB on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Well done Ricky, good call to end it where it began all those years ago, though it really does only seem yesterday! I can still remember that horrendous LBW which denied the debut hundred! Never saw that terrible umpire again, from the subcontinent surprise surprise!! Though you finished with an unmatched captaincy record, I'm not sure you were a terribly good one, the blemishes bear that point out. But no one can deny the champion batsman you were, well except for the haters! Australia will miss you, the replacements are decidedly AVERAGE!!

Posted by karthickrocz on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

right decision at the right time, now its time for sachin to take his right decision.

Posted by Gordo85 on (November 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Well it is about time Charlie !! I had been waiting for years to see Ponting either do this or get stood down. Well done Ricky !! Once you have lost it at this age it is very hard to get it back again. I mostly liked you when you were younger Ponting but when you got older lets say 35 I went off you. Anyway good luck to you after Cricket and I hope that you will one day be president of the North Melbourne Kangaroos one day. You are still a top bloke though so hats off to you.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Lara retires, ppl talk about Sachin. Ponting retires, ppl talk about Sachin. Everyone retires, ppl talk about Sachin. Sachin never retires.

Posted by RDLikesCricket on (November 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Thought he might hang on till the series in India early next year, but then he knows when best to go. Goodbye Ricky Ponting. Looks like a year where some good cricketers stepped away... Dravid, Laxman and now Ponting... Thanks for the entertainment Ricky... Ur game will be missed.

Posted by leggetinoz on (November 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Can i just say that please, for the respect of Ricky Ponting, can we for once keep Sachin out of this?

Once again, congrats Ricky, you have had a great career and hopefully you go out with a bang.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

The writing was on the wall. Despite trying his best, you could see Ricky was struggling and trying his best to regain lost form. He could have carried on and accumulated more runs etc but would have lost respect and held back upcoming players who deserves a chance at the national side. Anyway, Ricky will be remembered as one of the greats of the game. He was a successful captain and remained a consistent performer, which not many players can claim to do. Cheers.

Posted by taxa on (November 29, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

big loss for cricket. he is a better performer than sachin, as he wins more matches for aussies than sachin does for india. sachin the overated player, time is ticking. please go home. also ponting is more alround as he is a super fielder, anywhere in the pitch.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Australians has these uncanny knack of timing their retirements. Greg did it after scoring a 100 and Steve Waugh went on a high also. Ponting though didn't score much in these series was brilliant against India and there is no reason for the Aussie selectors to drop him since the team is doing well and there is no immediate replacement for him. The expected replacement Usman Khwajah also didn't do well in the opportunities given to him. Huge loss for Australia but great timing by Ricky Ponting like his batting always on the front foot. We Indians should learn from this. Only Dravid and Lakshman saw the end of the road and declared themselves out. Sachin ........ yet to see it.

Posted by Hammond on (November 29, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Good riddance. See ya, enjoy the obscurity that the way you carried on as an Australian cricketer will bring you. Now I can actually go for my own country again.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

we all wish that Ponting will play two more years

as a cricketer he is always my hero

i wish rest of his life will be very good

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

I woke up in the morning hearing a legend and an all time great has decided to hang up his boots .The best Australian batsman ever sir DG Bradman has decided to retire after the Perth test. Well thats the right descision considering his current form however does not take away the treat he had given us for the last 17 years . His heroics will remain etched in everyone's memories. Ponting you are truly a legend. No matter what the world thinks about you , they simply cannot deny you a place among the Pantheons.As a die hard aussie cricket fan Please give us this treat of one last century in Perthy .That will enable the aussies reclaiming the No 1 spot in test cricket and you can be retire in peace taking them back to the pinnacle of test rankings. Job well done Ponting, world cricket will miss you Ponting

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Wel done just right time for a glorious retirements

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

About time... cant wait to see more fresh blood come in and grow up to be legends. i have seen Sachin all my life growing up, i am getting kinda bored now and Chanderpaul and Kallis and sangakara and jaywardena.. retire guys.. we need fresh blood.....

Posted by FazleAbed on (November 29, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

We should talk less about mr. tendulker and think more about Usman, Cullum and Huges.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

One of the great batsman of all time .. Best of you luck ricky for rest of your BBL

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

one of the greatest batsmen of all time.good aggressive bating style..he should play a good innings before retirement.

Posted by Kazi1517 on (November 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

We will miss you, Punter :(

Posted by sonti on (November 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

A wondeful batsman fantastic fielder brave captain and above all a great team man always plays the game in positive way hats off to ponting

Posted by vipravara on (November 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Hats off, Ricky. A very honest decision from a very intense cricketer of your stature and caliber. The laudable part is the exemplary sense of commitment in your retirement call, though you may have been granted the option of prolongation. Wish you the best of post-retirement endeavours - a cricket lover from India

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

RT Ponting, no one will trully understand your brilliance for a generation as all anyone can think of is 05 and 08. In any other test nation your status would be that of Murali, Sachin, Kallis or Vaughan.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Looking at his record. Why is he never spoken as the greatest batsmen of all time . He has played 50 international games (ODI and Tests) less than Sachin and scored 27,000 runs , Sachin has 33,000..

I think he should be mentioned in the same breadth as Sachin , the Don and Lara

Posted by Starboomber on (November 29, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

One of the great batsmen I 've ever watched play, though he belted the Proteas to all corners I still loved to watch him play. Wishing him all the best...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

A year in which many stalwarts call it an end....Looks like cricketers who dominated with the bat for close to 2 decades are giving way to the new young's sad we'll not see likes of Ricky Ponting playing Test cricket. A very aggressive and fit cricketer...who's maintained high level of fitness and commitment and led Australia to back to back world cup wins. A great batsman and a brilliant fielder. HATS OFF TO HIM. He's made a right decision at the right time.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

Awesome. Now lets get Khwaja in.

Posted by markinperth on (November 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Surely this is just the end of another beginning.

Posted by vgsr on (November 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Wise decision by an all time great batsman.The bells now toll for sachin tendulkar. This will add pressure to the already growing call for him to announce his retirement too . And about time too. Sachin too should retire when he has everyones respect. It should be like a Gavsakar's exit, not Kapil Dev's

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Brave and an honest decision. You could clearly see Ponting was shadow of his former self. He footwork, reflexes etc weren't the same. He is one of the best batsman along with Lara. Both of them were match winners who could perform on a consistent basis. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by ANSH.JAIN on (November 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Another greats of cricket will be leaving the field. And this is all because of media who wanted him to retire. I dont understand players like ponting, kallis, sachin tendulkarhave devoted there lyf for their nation nd for cricket and after that they dont even get a chance to go out of field in their manner. Its very shame for cricket that ricky ponting is forced to retire whether ponting accepts it or not . Its der luv to cricket nd der nation dat dey want to continue nd leave the field on high. Nd it will not be a big surprise if u get the news of sachin retiring in dis series only. The way media is speaking against dem is very shameful. If sachin also retires like it den dat wil be a black day.

Posted by Nerk on (November 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Hats off Mr. Ponting. An unselfish decision, and one that needed to be made. Gives his replacement a home series against Sri Lanka to get set in the team. And there can be no greater place to finish his international career than where it began in 1996.

Posted by girikula on (November 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Ponting is one of the great cricketers of all time! Its really sad to see him retire.... He has always led from the front.... conquered many challenging goals...played hard cricket... with lot of skills and leadership tactics....Good Luck punter....! -Girish, Bengaluru

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

THE WALL retires GREAT. Sportive decision

Posted by sherishahmir on (November 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Tribute to a legendary cricketer, who is great batsman, captain and great ambassador of the game for the victories,reputation, level of heights given to Australian team,cricket which is commendable, admirable and shall be unforgettable, I want punter to play against coming Indian tour and Ashes & at least for one more year but what he decides is the best and another great example by a great sportsman in the great spirit of the game. Hope little master should also follow the same and make the way for youngster, as he also achieved almost everything, what game can offer so far other than the leaving the game in a great fashion what ponting, S waugh, I-khan or other greats did. Wishing punter all the best for his future and life with family, definitively the game would miss the one of the great batting legend of all time after Viv Richards,Sunil Gavaskar,Allan Border,J Miandad, Brian lara, Inzi and many more.

Posted by DaveFish on (November 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Well played Punter, you are a Class act. Thanks for the meny years of great viewing.....from a Safa supporter!!!

Posted by heartfree on (November 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Mr. Sachine Tendulkar...please follow Mr. Ponting. Great decision by a great player..Salute Ricky

Posted by jebypc on (November 29, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

This should be an eye opener to a very big name in Indian Cricket. All the best wishes to Punter, thanks for entertaining us for the last 17 years. Hope you have a good time post retirement and expect your valuable contributions to australian and international cricket in the future...........

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 29, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Happy days! no more ashes losses!

Posted by vj_gooner on (November 29, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Punter - We love you! Words can't explain how much you will be missed!

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (November 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Successful captain, batsman, fielder and an individual who lead one of the best Australian side in world Cricket. Ponting is a legend, much better than the overrated douce sachin and co. Indian fans can praise Sachin to the skies but in reality, sachin has always been a overrated player. Only silly Indians will mourn he retires, no one else will care.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (November 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Farewell Punter, an all time gr8 batsman, and definately an all time gr8 any position fielder. Oz were never beaten till you were at the crease. You epitomised the fighting digger spirit. Always a team man to the core, he was the engine around which the oz teams of the 2000's rotated around-Hats off and well done-from an indian fan who hopes you do well at the WACA!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

great player.. we will miss you

Posted by different on (November 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Another true sportsman.Pity that he could not retire on high note. But many of his knocks are still fresh.World cup final of 2003 and century in each inning against South Africa in 100th match. His hook shots and his slip fielding and catches. True lover of game and supporter of his teammates. Lastly best wishes for his last test. I share birth date ( 19 Dec.) with him

Vinayak Madge

Posted by Punter.Pratik on (November 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

I don't know if its right or wrong but its a killer dose for all his fans. I am glad he didn't play Lanka for the sake of it because people would have taunted him for playing to break Waugh's record. Good luck for your future. We love u Punt!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

@Meety, I think move Watson to 4 and use either Khawaja or Hughes at 3. Given that the next two series are against Ind/SL with not much pace, try Hughes first, as Khawaja seemed to get bogged down a bit against Swann, and then in SL and didn't read Tahir's googly in the runchase? Although given the batting records of Pakistanis against India, maybe the latter? I really do believe the LH thing is better against India, especially if they have extremely dry pitches, Zaheer is nullified against the LHs.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

It pains me that Punter won't get his chance to reclaim the Ashes next year. The Ashes have always been a thorn in Ricky's side and while there's no doubt he made the right decision, it's too bad he didn't get one more crack at the thing he wants most.

Hats off to you Punter for your service to not only your country, but cricket on the whole. You'll surely be missed.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (November 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Ponting has had his share of success and failures. He is mature enough to decide when to hang his boots and it's no better time than this when his contribution to the team is at minimal. These are the examples our Asian cricketers should follow. Need I mention names here? No, I need not and everyone reading this will know who I am talking about, for those who don't have any idea, I'm talking about India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, no names will be mentioned by me as it would be unfair by the players. Thanks Ponting for entertaining us and I was praying you will not get your 100 against us on debut and my prayers were answered too. All the best in your future endeavours. A Lankan cricket fan

Posted by warnerbasher on (November 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Magnificent career from one of the all time great Australian cricketers. His methods may have been questioned from time to time but his passion and commitment to winning cricket matches for his country cannot be faulted. One of the 3 great batsmen of the last 20 years along with Lara and Kallis. All the best Ricky and I hope your last test is a memorable one for yourself and even more importantly the team.

Posted by FazleAbed on (November 29, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

I will miss your pull, hook and straight drive..... Give us Number 1 rank back by hitting the winning run in second innings. (That only I can wish)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

its very sad for cricket of the genius cricket are going to step down with in few month ,new faces are coming ,but they are not proving too much,,

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (November 29, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

A legend A Hero and a True Icon of this wonderful game. World cricket will miss you punter..we Sri lankans wish u all the very best for ur future ! ! ! cheers..

Posted by Engr.TahirShah on (November 29, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Sad, but right time for Punter to leave. A magnificent career comes to an end with plenty of sweet memories left for the fans, not only the Australians, but the world over. A great player and wonderful fielder. We hope sledging will lessen with the demise of Ricky Ponting. Another big news coming up on ESPN Cricinfo " SACHIN CALLS IT A DAY" soon. Stay tuned.

Posted by AjitDJ on (November 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Sachin will sleep well tonight knowing there's nobody to even touch his records for at least a while now :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Take a bow Ricky Ponting. Well done. Sad to see a great career end but I suppose they all must end sometime.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Thanks for of all the good times ricky

Posted by Iyer on (November 29, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

I know I am being ruthless and inhuman here. But I still want to ask this question to Ponting. If you know you are not at your best, why don't you retire with immediate effect? Why play a crucial series decider game tomorrow when you are not confident of your own form and ability?

Guys don't mistake me. I have spent lot of time in cut-throat corporate world, where there is no place for emotion.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (November 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Great player. His knock in the ODI final against India was excellent. In Australia, we don't hype our players or give them silly nick names like God etc. This is something left to the uneducated people who get carried away, due to mindset and weird customs. Indian overrated players get hyped by their fans and media, but in reality they are mostly one trick pony. They only do well against weak teams in good batting conditions. The likes of Ponting, Hayden, Langer etc are world class performers. Someone you could rely on.

Posted by drsambit on (November 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

the legend ponting will be missed by the cricket fraternity.

Posted by Mervo on (November 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Personally I think it is too early, and hope he hasn't been pushed. He has had a great season this year and terrific one last year, but an average last two tests. Wade has done worse and is still there. However, it is his decision of course. I just wish that other greats such as Tendulkar could see the light and leave with good grace, rather than being dropped or continuing as a shadow of their former selves. Of course another Victorian or someone from NSW will replace him ... He is our greatest batsman on runs and averages, after Bradman on averages.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Ya really great player ending his career, all the best for his life outside cricket. he was the only layer nearer to tendulkars record , hope record remains with tendulkar.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

What a player ,what a competetor he was.... Loved his aggression...........2 world cups as a captain and each n everything that a captain could dream of.... want to see him coaching now :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

One of the greatest batsmen and probably the greatest captain of all time. All respect for Punter

Posted by amit.80s on (November 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Going through a rough patch now but he's the most dominating and aggressive no.3 batsman ever. His unbeaten 100+ runs inning in 2003 WC final against India is my favourite though he gave us many more brilliant innings to remember. Best wishes to him and his family for future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

My child hood hero retires... can c him bat again !!!! will mis u badly Punter

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Indeed sad to say goodbye! But lets face it, the axe was ready to come down on a classy batsman, who enjoyed a great career, ably supported by many contemporary cricketing greats. Well done Ricky!

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (November 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

AM an india....One of the greatest batsmen of this ERA!!!! I remember the innings were he smashed indian bowlers to all parts in 2003WC finals...wat a player and wat a captain. India is in need of such a captain...congrats legend....U are in the same league as the FAB FIVE OF MODERN ERA(sachin,ponting,lara,kallis and dravid)

Posted by ManeeshKumarAhuja on (November 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

So, looking at the states both the legends from Australia steve waugh and punter will have same number of tests i.e. 168 each. (Maximum number of tests ever played by any Australian)

Nice record :-)

Posted by ManeeshKumarAhuja on (November 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

So, looking at the states both the legends from Australia steve waugh and punter will have same number of tests i.e. 168 each. (Maximum number of tests ever played by any Australian)

Nice record :-)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

I think sachin should also take the right decision

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

the best horizontal bat shot players in my mind aravinda silva , nazar husain ,ricky ponting. what a shame no one in the show now

Posted by screamingeagle on (November 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

I expect SRT to do the same. At least I hope he would. On another note Ponting's departure was expected, I did post that a while back. Great player. Respect.

Posted by vpk23 on (November 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Glad that He is going out on his terms...That is underlining once Greatness! Straight Talk too.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

What a legend...a great batsman..I will switch my TV on when Ricky walks in to bat..Technically one of the best we have seen..

We are sure to miss him..I think he should have stayed on and retired after the ashes as he was batting really well for Tasmania..

Wish him all the very best for teh future and Thank you for entertaining us in the past..

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

with that another legend goes with Sachin,kallis waiting on the wings to sad will cricket be without sachin,ponting,dravid,kallis....this era will not going to happen again...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

I think sachin should also take the right decision

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (November 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Punter you have been an inspiration as a batsmen and great man in your own right. Make sure you direct all your energy into this last test, Lift the boys , Leave on a winning note with Australia back on top , Just like you wanted too !!!

Thanks for the entertainment !!!! Punter Legend !!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

hi is one the great skipper of Australia & he is best batsman at no 3 we will miss you punte

Posted by philvic on (November 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

The right decision. It saves the Aussie selectors from coming under fire for doing the right thing themselves after Perth. He was one of the greatest but like Sachin, it is now time to declare.

Posted by landl47 on (November 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

It would be great to see Aus win the last test and Ponting make some runs. I'd like his last performance to be a happy memory.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Wow... this is kinda sad! One of the greatest batsmen in history!!! Congrats on this brave decision punter.. wish SRT does the same!! Good luck!!!!! from an india

Posted by rashmi4cricket on (November 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Gud dicission at right time. But The cricket world will miss the greatest action of this legend. We will miss you ponting.

Posted by popcorn on (November 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

This is a very sad day for me. Why,Ricky,why? I was looking forward to seeing you at the Bellerieve Oval at Hobart - your State. You're a Launceston boy,we'd have given you a fitting farewell. And you would have become the most Test-capped Test Cricketer for Australia. Now you will equal Steve Waugh.You could have stayed on till The Ashes 2013 -14 next summer. You're the greatest batsman Ricky,after Sir Donald Bradman,that Australia has ever produced.You're a legend,Ricky,and I hope we put up a statue in your honour at EACH of the 6 grounds.I hope you will continue to guide the Aussie Team. I am sure Michael Clarke will miss you,mate, and we'll miss seeing you diving to take a splendid catch at second slip,and walking out to bat at Number 3, and your impish smile.I have a HUGE Album of ALL your matches,Ricky, and a 3 foot poster of you batting adorns my cupboard.You're a Legend,Punter. See you in Sydney sometime! Cheers!A Toast to you!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Very strange after hearing all that talk of selectors backing him and Ponting reaffirming his desire to take part in the Ashes. Anyway, it is a unselfish decision for him to retire and make way for someone else. Personally, for me he is one of the legends of the game. Always did well under pressure and played key knocks when it mattered. All the best to him.

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (November 29, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Ponting will be remembered as a better team player than Tendulkar as he has taken a decision in favour of the team, without considering his personal milestones.

Posted by dhmts on (November 29, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

I hope he scores a century in Perth and quits on high. Great batsman he was. Deserves a high finish.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Right decision. The best batsman in the world for a good part of the first decade of this century and millenium.

Posted by vpk23 on (November 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

We Salute You Punter! You are A Champion. Will Miss you though! A Legend Indeed.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (November 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Ponting such a great player in row..Lara.sachin..Inzi..we miss you ..good luck for future have good time with family.Now time to sachin to think make a ............

Posted by Bodmen on (November 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Never thought Ponting would jump but pleased he did it his way and not wait for the selectors. Now in Hobart we should see a straight swap one Tasmanian out and one in (Alex Doolan)

Posted by mixters on (November 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

the tabloid media get there way yet again. It may or may not be the right time you can judge that by his replacment and the runs he scores for Tas this season. But not a season goes by that the seagull press dont go after someone. It was a short time ago that Hussey was the target, they lost that one and thank God they did. Hope we all dont live to regret this may hisreplacment bring what the team will now be without.

Posted by zero_knowledge on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

take a bow Ricky Ponting. Even though I hated you initially for 'that century' in WC 2003 final later on I learned to respect you and like you a bit too. You have timed your retirement better than Tendulkar. may your legacy inspire young Australians to emulate you. :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Great player, appropriate decision.

Posted by joelsundeep29 on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

ricky thomas ponting...u r one of the best batsman of the modern era...a great fielder..the best thing abt ponting is ...not only vit his batting he decides matches but vit this fielding as well... the best puller of cricket ball, the player who fears no fast blower..the most destructive batsman ...we miss ur drives, pulls....ur run outs as well

Posted by thecricketcritic on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Cricket will surely miss Ricky......Farewell to a great champion............

Posted by jithun on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

very good decision under the circumstances

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

I was hopping this at the end of Ashes. One of the best Captain ever.

Posted by Edassery on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

He was among the top 10 batsmen of his times! Now, Mr. Tendulkar, what are you waiting for?

Posted by IndianaJones79 on (November 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Idiots who are commenting on Sachin on article about Ricky here is the fact. It's different not scoring runs than technic problems..Ricky could not fix Technic in last 4 years..Nothing wrong with Sachin's technic..also Ricky did not perform for 4 years now..see difference..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

good decision,congratulations on your amazing career

Posted by othello22 on (November 29, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Wow. We all knew it would happen sooner or later but it's hard to accept now it has become reality. The game will not be the same when he's gone.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Thanks Ricky for making way for Sachin :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

True legendary player....

Posted by Rustycarina on (November 29, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Impressive team decision by Ponting, what a gracious way to exit the game. Some others round the globe would do well to mirror this retirement.

Posted by IndianaJones79 on (November 29, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

great batsman, truely legend. Idiots who start talking about Sachin here, for their knowledge Ponting stuck to his position for last 4 years of below avg performance. Sachin has last 6 bad tests..Indian people can not respect their heros...They were doing same to Laxman, did anybody filled his place yet? please talk on Ricky on this article..Where does Sachin comes in picture

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

one greats have gone wen Indian great will go........?

Posted by Resultpredictor on (November 29, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Good decision by punter, it will be great end to one of the most illustrious career. Hope he scores century in his last test. Best of luck to Ponting

Posted by Iyer on (November 29, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

I know many would be tempted to ask Sachin to follow suit. The main difference between Sachin's situation is Ponting's situation is that in Australia it was only Ponting's failure at the top order. In India, the entire top order other than Pujara has failed. So there is no point in Sachin's retirement in the current situation. If we have other 6 batsmen performing consistently well above Sachin, and have found a replacement who could perform consistently better than Sachin, then we can ask Sachin to retire.

Posted by bridget01 on (November 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

another Aussie batsman forced to go by media onslaught....hope he does make a big score.....but really Australia as a whole does this far too often with its elite sportsmen...shameful

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Congrats on a great career and thank you for the service to this great game. One of the greats of all time and that's how you should be remembered.

Posted by arcticbeatle on (November 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Australia's second best batsmen ever. Well done Ricky. True legend.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

Speaking to a young South African batsmen when I was staying in a hostel in London we got talking about cricket as any Aussie and Saffa would. He told me his favourite player was Ricky Ponting -'Ricky Punting, I love his arrugince." Never forget that! Thanks a lot Ponting for literally playing the game as long as I've passionately followed it and for providing so many great innings to watch over that time.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

u were one of the best batsmen in d world----but as a captain u were too arrogant----most people r happy to see u go--

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (November 29, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

A proud Australian. A fine batsmen of modern era. I rate Ricky Ponting, Jaques Kallis, Brian Lara , Rahul Dravid and Inzemam Ul Haq as one of the finest batsmen of last decade. Sangakara and Jaywardene are not far behind. Ponting scored runs when it mattered. This was a man who won and saved matches for Australia. Ponting was a true fighter who will never stop fighting. Ponting is an example that non performers like Tendulya can follow. Ponting is a bench mark that fellow Australians and over rated, over hyped so called God of game should aspire to follow.I particularly remember Ponting's wonderful knock against Wasim And Waqar in Perth in late 90's. This was something that tendulya never managed to achieve as he always saved himself against the best bowlers of his era. Cricket will never be the same without Ricky Ponting.

Posted by manav2484 on (November 29, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

very good decision by Pointing....... its right time for him now to take rest from International cricket.............all the best Pointing for your future assignments and we would miss you..............:)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

great was a pleasure to watch.....him his pull shots to quicks

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Finally its time to quit for Punter

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (November 29, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

This was to be expected, and it draws the close on the fine career of one of the games modern greats, and the last of the great australian team of the late 90's and early 2000's. He will be missed in Ashes series, what would they be without at least one rant a series, the great run out rant of 2005, and the 2010/11 'discussion' with the umpires at Melbourne, are among the most memorable.

Posted by kp_jersey on (November 29, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Very sad to hear this but announced with typical brave timing. One of Australian cricket's finest. Wonderful batsman, lots of memorable - often match winning or match saving- innings and who will ever forget that murderous hook shot of his ? Elegant yet utterly destructive & demoralising for opponents. I expect an eventful departure in Perth so watch out SA ! Good luck Mr Ponting....

Posted by greyish_pearl on (November 29, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Ahh - great great batsman of the history of cricket ... raly sad that he is retiring in the poorest forms ever .. most of the australians retired at the peak of their career .. Salute to the batsman, specially his performances in making Aus the world champs!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Great player.... this year we had many retirements and few of those are great players....Adieu to punter....

Posted by 9-Monkeys on (November 29, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Correct call. He made his Test debut in Perth so there is something nice and cyclical about him pulling stumps there too. While the last a few years have been uneven, on balance his career has clearly been above average. History will remember him as one of Australia's very best, and internationally as one of the best of his generation.

Posted by ALI.BHALLI on (November 29, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

South Africa Done it Again. Now Ponting has joined the list of Nasir. Straus and many more how lost to Smith's SA But Punter is Gr8 player no doubt surely gona miss him in Tests

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

True legend of the game, played for cricket with respect. A warrior not like most players they need to ask " for heaven sake please retire" . He like most Aussies played for team not for records. Honorable way to leave the field. Punter you are one of the finest of the history of the game defiantly among tops of the game.

Posted by shashank16m on (November 29, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

This is what makes someone great. The attitude matters and more so if you are at such a stage where the world treats you as a idol. I respect u Punter, even more now..Not to mention the names but Indians need to learn something out of this.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

another cricketing era coming to an end. we will miss ponting pull for sure. miss you

Posted by HARCOURT_CUMBERBACH on (November 29, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Legend, Legend, Legend hopefully he can go out in a blaze of glory so all can remember him as the destructive dominant batsmen he once was. BTW there will be a few nervous sheild batsmen around leading up to the next series. The only guy making consistent runs is the keeper they let go for a younger man.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Ricky Ponting will be missed by the world of cricket. He made us to believe in test cricket. 100 test wins; i dont think that the record of Sir Don Bradman can match this acievment. A real legend, a fighter and above all, the best in all time cricket. 100 test wins is a task of ages than 100 personal 100s for lossing causes. I really salute you Punter for the great enterainment and self belief of "always try to win and you will definitly win". Best of luck to you and your family for the new phase of your life.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (November 29, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

great player of the pull shot . sometimes misbehaved , but the reason behind that was not that he was a bad man, but he just wanted australia to win somehow or the other and sometimes that 'somehow' included not 'caring for possible detractors'. But , i m glad he announced his resignation from captaincy and the end of the playing career, both on his own terms, instead of being pushed by the selectors. From a non-cricketing perspective , Ricky Ponting was a huge inspiration for me .He is a prime epitome of the fact that if u have mastery over basics , then u can always succeed in life even if u go astray a bit

Posted by Stan_Sarkies on (November 29, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Wow. End of a great career. I think this is a good time to take his leave.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

This indeed is gonna be a news to talk about for the cricket lovers across the world. One of the greatest Batsman of all times, cant quite say a great leader for all the notoriety he was a part of. His retirement has really put Sachin Tendulkar under the scanner for the reasons well known to the cricketing fraternity. But for the moment lets allow the fact to sink in that Ricky Ponting, one of the finest ever, someone who posed a threat to Sachin's Test records wont be donning the Baggy Green any more. Cricket has definitely lost a great PUNTER ...

Posted by SaurabhDutt on (November 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Although its a personal decision of each individual.But, I think it will put extra pressure on another great player (apart from Ponting) i.e. Mr.Tendulkar. Because its the team interest that Ponting has put in front as a reason for an end to a glorious and remarkable carreer.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Dear Tendulkar, . I am one of your ardent fans right from your debut and appreciate how much you have served Cricket and kept our Indian hopes alive; but still.. Please retire after this England series.

Posted by Cric_lover1234 on (November 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

what a great palyer, what great batsman, what an amazing match winner, honest person, going to retire from the game proudly as a gentleman(not like some asian cricketers). for me he led the world's best ever team (atleast from 1990). hats off -sri lankan fan

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

All good things in life must come to an end and Ricky has been a terrific player and an absolute legend. Good that he is going on his own.

Posted by Sooryan_Indian on (November 29, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

It's a loss for the cricketing world, a star is gona retire. He is one of the most prolific run scrores in the moder era. He still has some cricket left in him, I will want him to play for few more years.

Another player may fill his place in the scorecard but he can't be Ponting.

Posted by C.A-SA1987 on (November 29, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

I'll never forget his 160 add against us in the "434" game back in 2006. He swept Kallis on one knee for six (personally, i reckon his innings was better than Gibbs')

At the same ground, he hit Srinath back over his head with one hand (didnt pick the slower ball) in the 2003 WC final.

He'd make that proud forward lunge as a pre-movement, ALWAYS (from ball one). Try and bounce him, he'd pivot and hook you clean off his brow.

A cowboy, a cavalier, a flipping acrobat (some absolutely stunning catches over the years).

He and his highly combative aussie team inflicted years of mental scarring on young south african cricket fans (of which i was one).

Ricky seemed to bat on another planet against us. I still remember that magic purple patch he went through a few years back (similar to the one that pup is going through now).

I had Kallis, Gibbs and Klusener to support... But i used to love watching ricky bat more than anyone else (as long as it wasn't against us)

Posted by dadasupporterNO.1 on (November 29, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

great service to aus cricket ricky

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

RIP Cricket Australia. Ponting the best there ever was, the best there is and the best there ever will be. Legend. Take a bow. Fan from Pakistan!

Posted by circ on (November 29, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

I was dying to see ponting playi ng against India & Ashes, unfortunately he hanged his boots. Hope he socres a century in his farewell test. Also Sachin take a leaf out of this announcement which will spice up the matter in the media.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 29, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I hope you get a century in your last match, and win the match, Punter!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Mr Ponting, i've always been a great fan of your batting and those pulls; but this staged retirement doesn't sound convincing at all.There is no shame in calling quits, when one is not good enough for reasons like age, etc!!! Do not try to make Aussie selectors nice!!! We live in such a world these days, everyone would think otherwise, if you give statement like that.

Anyway, thanks for wonderful time you have provided, throughout your career. You certainly are up there!!!!

Posted by leggetinoz on (November 29, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

He did seem to be a different animal to the Ponting we know. very good decision Punter and hope you go out with a bang with a mountain of runs in Perth. All of Australia will be behind you and supporting you as you have had a great record and one of the all time greats.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 29, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Shame to see a legend retire, i am going to miss him, he was the best batsman i have seen in Australia in my life time. This will be a good time to get Khawaja in, he is the best option for our long term number 3.

Posted by CricketPichivadu on (November 29, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Our hero sachin should learn something from this. The key points Ponting made were about his contribution to the team and the way he was getting out. Both of them apply to Tendulkar. He truly was a great batsman but he should know when he is past his prime.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

One of the modern greats and a big match player.. salute for our outstanding contribution to Australian cricket and world cricket .

Posted by Shongololo on (November 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

A great career, Ricky. Thanks for the many wonderful cricketing moments...Ponting on fire was a great sight.

A good decision to call it a day, too. Timing just about spot on. Respect.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

happy this great man got to leave on his terms. he has had an awesome career. going to miss this man play. he has played great innings over his career. thank you punter.

Posted by CricFan133 on (November 29, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Its time that Tendulkar does the same... go out with dignity !

Posted by gamingboy845 on (November 29, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Still not convinced with the decision, I felt he could have carried on longer. He just had such a fabulous series against India. But problem with this league of players is that even after few failures, everyone starts putting too much pressure on them. That's simply because of high expectations. Nevertheless, a fantastic player. We will miss your pull and hook shots punter. Have a wonderful life ahead.

Posted by JeetRao on (November 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Brave decision by a great player. We will surely miss him in world cricket specially in test. Now its time for SRT to hang his bat.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Ponting is among the best batsman of this era , with his retirement a good chapter of cricket will end. Good of Ponting that he accepts that he is not performing well so left place to be filled in by selectors , unlike Sachin Tendulkar who left it to selectors If you have no cricket then why to linger around for that 200 figure ( no fifties in last 10 innings ) time for him to lift the burden from Selectors.

Posted by L4zybugg3r on (November 29, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Hooray, common sense prevails. Last summer would've been a better high to leave on but better late than never I guess.

Posted by the_way_you_play_it on (November 29, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Pointing's retirement is a great loss of austrailia and the world cricket itself. good aggressive captin and master class batsman

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Great player with unnecessary attitude..hate him for his behavior on and off the pitch.. hope sachin learns and take similar decision soon...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Wow! 100 test wins, 3 back to back World cups and 190 test catches. Brilliant!!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

An era comes to an end. The only batsman who could have come closer to Sachin's records had he continued playing. As an Indian, I am happy but it is a great loss to the cricketing world. Ponting, All the best for your future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

A fantastic batsman, a brilliant fielder, one of the best in the last decade and the only cricketer to have played in 100 Test wins Ricky Ponting to retire after Perth Test...... Thanks for the Memories Punter , we will miss you !!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

one of the most confident batsmen at number 3. Cricket will miss him.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

hope u have nice time with Domestic cricket:) hats off Ricky

Posted by LifeWithBoundaries on (November 29, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Excellent decision - especially considering his reason, that he has not been contributing to the team. Great cricketer and he will be missed! I sure hope somebody in the sub-continent is taking note of this.

Posted by kirands on (November 29, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Ricky Ponting took the correct decision now. It would have made no sense for him to continue to play and be a burden on the Australian team, especially so after three failures against South Africa. Knowing fully well that he would have scored lots of runs against the depleted Sri Lankan attack, Australia would have been forced to take him to England for the Ashes which would have been a major risk. Not to mention the Indian tour earlier where he has never really clicked. Only on his last Indian tour in 2010 did he make some useful scores, 3 seventies. Sensible decision to retire now.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

this is sad. good bye punter !

Posted by crankypete on (November 29, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

bravo on a great career, that will be long remembered long after all this crap about retirement has faded. some observations - a brilliant batting career despite some technical faults (balance etc); an attacking force most of his career, but capable of the big slow ton to save a game cf Ashes 05; the best Australian batsman since G Chappell; in the absolute top echelon of fielders; handy little dibblydobber; a TAsmanian like me (albeit a northern one); captained successfully through the difficult transition, reminiscent of I Chappell 72-4; and a much better sportsperson than the bloggists would claim - played it real hard on the field but a great winner and loser - speeches after Ashes 05 and India 08 great examples of concession. onya, well done, have fun etc.

Posted by shrastogi on (November 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Sensible decision. It shows that he puts Australian team's interests before self. He should have retired after India series in January 2012. That would have been a high. I hope he gets some runs in Perth. He was more destructive than Tendulkar or Kallis when he was at his prime.

Posted by Andross on (November 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Sad to see the end of a great player, but he's made the right decision. Thankyou for all the wonderful moments Ricky, and good luck both in the Test tomorrow and in your life.

Posted by WilfredCrasta on (November 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Wish he had retired the way Mcgrath and Warne retired. They detired on high...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Who thought of Sachin as soon as this come up?

Posted by Vikstinator on (November 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

One of the best batsman of all time.Enjoy your ritrement.Hope you dont start sledging again when you start your career as a commentator.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Finally curtains down, but what a terrific player. The game will never be the same without Lara, Ponting and soon Sachin. I could still see people scoring runs, but not as authoritative as these 3.

Posted by Kapee on (November 29, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Great learning for Sachin. Ponting, Dravid, Laxman, Hyden, Gilly and many such world class players knew that they cannot be a burden to anyone, with self respect and selflessness to the country. Sachin, being century less for 39 innings and with such an abnormal run of poor form, shoud follow thier foot steps. If sachin, being a very senior member, had played even a 100 run partnership with Gambir on the last test, the match result would have been different. Never be a burden to anyone , that too after contributing so well , so long for the country.

Posted by darsh127 on (November 29, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Ricky Ponting, great contribution to cricket, farewell..

Posted by Just_love_it on (November 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Well ponting was one of the great player of game but I think right decision by him at right time . Last 2 years he was just a pale shadow of himself and he was looking to go high after ashes but honestly it's 50-50 that who will win next ashes in England so anyway good luck Ricky ! Now only Sachin n Kallis remains although Sachin is in decline bigtime Kallis going pretty strong right now. I hope Sachin too don't rush to follow ponting ,India needs him right now after dravid and laxmann retired. If Sachin don't perform in next few games he is next in line , but I'm sure Sachin will come back with a BANG !

Posted by Sooryan_Indian on (November 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Ponting's retirement is a loss for both australian cricket and the game itself. master batsman and an agressive captian.

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (November 29, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Oh well, I guess this day was inevitable, but thanks Ricky for your outstanding service to Australian cricket. One of Australia's best although IMO not the best Aussie since Bradman. To this day, I believe G. Chappell was better, and many old-timers rate Neil Harvey as well. You could argue Border was better too, where he had to face stronger attacks in a weaker team. But still, I'm splitting hairs. Ponting's a legend. If he's announed his retirement to share Steve Waugh's Australian Test matches played record, he's an even bigger legend.

Posted by venbas on (November 29, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Thanks for the Memories...RIP champion!!! Maybe a message for other aging legends like Tendulkar who has been clinging on to a place in the Indian team even after 2 years of non performance

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

What a player he has been for Australia. hats off to this legend of the game.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

Way to go Rickey taking a call the day after the captain and selectors reposing their confidence and backing you to be a part of the ashes campaign.only hope this is not a joint strategy.a dear friend just quoted a phrase saying a genius knows when to stop.will our GOD take a call finally and play a few totally unrestrained gems.

Posted by RajeevRamadugu on (November 29, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

unfortunate but good decision

Posted by RICK69 on (November 29, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

One of the greatest batsmen ever.But a poor captain.Must say cricinfo very slow with the story........

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

an awesome batsman and one of greatest captain in world cricket history.It will be very difficult to replace him. congratulations ponting to your future!

Posted by cheesemethod on (November 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Before the series started my mate bet me a meat pie that punter would grab a century in the series. I bet without a doubt that not only would he miss out, he'll retire after the Perth test. (probably the kiwi in me talking) For Rickys sake I hope he goes out on a winner, he deserves it and is a legend of the game.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Truly one of the best players in the world...Apart from his bad behaviour on the field!!!

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (November 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

What a legend!!Ricky Ponting will be remembered for his consistency and performing under pressure,winning the world cup for maximum times for Aus.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Great Batsman... Even better to leave on your terms

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

True legend ... That's the way to go... Now we need a hundred from you mate

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Finally! Good News for Australia!!!

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (November 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Ponting,you great genius.Run machine and excellent leader.Who can forget the dominance of Aussies under you.We will miss you !But we also know why you mentioned "Decision not made by selectors" especially after the report about another Run machine from sub-continent.All the Best.You should be proud of the excellent career.We are all happy to be part of the Era of Ponting,Lara,Sachin,Kallis.Two gone .Two to go....

Posted by jasif on (November 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

this was expected coz the guy had integrity. now waiting for same news from india.....but i doubt it won't come soon coz of absence of a personal trait I mentioned in ponting

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

I know i hate to admit that but he is one of the best captain & one of the best batsman who ever played the game of cricket. it's been a pleasure to watch him bat since 1995 & captain the best ever team(2002-2009).

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT) wishes from India....

Posted by Chark_attack on (November 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Absolute legend of the game must go down in history as Australia's best since bradman

Posted by senthil25 on (November 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Good decision........before team through you....U itself retire from the team........anyway such a fantastic Aggressive captain & very good batsman.......even though iam Indian.......i love to see Pointing batting he is have very good style........look luck Ponting.

Posted by bMike on (November 29, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

So sad to hear this news. He's one of the legends in this era. Wish you all the best for your future.!!!

Posted by VJGS on (November 29, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

This is a terrible news indeed. If he was an Indian, he probably would've received more respect from his board and fans. Unfortunately, in Australia, no one cares and respects you for what you have achieved. All they care is what you do now and legends are easily forgotten

Posted by Raj_sri_amu on (November 29, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Decision was done at the right time...but a great batsmen should end his career with good is the chance for youngster to come to the big stage.. and its time for some one to take decision as well........will he or will selectors take the decision......

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

If he's leaving because of form, shouldn't his departure be immediate? What if he goes out now and makes a triple century or something ... or does he just accept that he'll probably fail in Perth as well? Great player, but looking forward to seeing Khawaja or someone else get a chance now.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Farewell Punter. Good luck in Perth, one more century.

Posted by omario on (November 29, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Ponting, given the circumstances, has made the right decision. Tendulkar should do the same for the sake of the team and his own dignified departure.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

1st I'm surprising when i heard this news.I feel very nerves. We miss you Ricky.. you are real gentle man to take a good decision in a appropriate time. your contribution have been made not only for Australia but also entire cricket world. finally i wish you all very best for rest of the life.

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 29, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

A bit of a shock, but really it would have been best if he had retired after the India Test series... Still he did say a couple of days ago that it was in his mind to talk to the selectors about his future, so in retrospect it has been on his mind - so yes, go with your head held high... Really glad he is going to finish off the summer with Tassie, something many past Oz "greats" failed to do after their international retirement - so good on you Punter & hope you finish your careers with good scores...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

550 likes and this is been up for less than half an hour! Make what you may of that.

Posted by D.Sharma on (November 29, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Goodbye Punter. You overstayed your welcome, but at least you eventually left..unlike you know who.

Posted by SASANK360 on (November 29, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Now this is what we call as preferring best interests of team and putting aside personal agenda. Ricky Ponting is a great batsman and a genuine team man, unlike our GREAT Statchin TonMaker. When every one in the world got carried away by the form he showed against our Indian bowlers in the 4 tests,it was Ponting who sat down and analysed his performances. Always performance of a batsman must not be evaluated against our inept bowlers. Our LEGEND STATCHIN must learn a lot from Ponting and show some maturity.I don't know if he is still enjoying getting bowled through the gate. Anyway I wish Ponting good luck for rest of his life and also the domestic cricket he plays in the future. May God bless him.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

As an Indian I'm really salute you in your decision. I'm really proud of you and your valuable cricket achievement as well as your records. No one comparable in the world cricket against you. Because there is only one Ponting in the world cricket. I'm wishing you for the final test should make a century. Other cricketer should think such way. Don't occupied in the crease with influence without outcome.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

i think ricky is one of the best cricketer ....

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (November 29, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Great Player... Great Leader... Took Aussie to the next level.... He is always the match winner... Thanks a lot Ricky.. Your best fan from India

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (November 29, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Great call! Great batsman!! Being part of more than 100 test victories, is much to be proud of than any individual achievements!!!

P.S: Indian selectors needs to learn a lot from the Aussies and prepare the players mind!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Probably about time. No one goes on for ever. Been a great Test match batter

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Three years too late. I bet the selectors told him confidentially to retire before they are forced to drop him, just like what they told Steve Waugh..

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

A wise decision. He had a great summer last year but he really needs to move on and let the emerging youth have a go. Farewell mate, whilst your last few years have been a bit up and down your overall record speaks for itself.

Posted by krish_5883 on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

very very bad news my life. Why are you retire Mr.Ponting. You are Match winner of cricket. I think your century against srilanka in 1996 world cup and 2003 and against india in 2003 worldcup. Your are one of the best caption in the world. and also best batsman. World bEst batsman TOp three in world - 1. Brian Charles Lara, 2. Ricky Thomas Ponting, 3.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. But Best caption, Best batsman, Best flider Only one - RICKY THOMAS PONTING. This is worst day of cricket.

Posted by Piyush_Advani on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

This can't be happening..My all time fav batsman retiring!!Hats off to his supremely commendable services to Australia!!I, along with the rest of the cricketing world(apart from the Saffers and the legion of Tendulkar's fans) wold love to see him scoring twin centuries and lead Aussie to No.1 once again..Punter rules forever!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Great career. Legend status.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

It's always a sad day when someone of Ponting's stature leaves the game but that time must come for all and it had for him. He will be hoping doubly hard for at least one good innings in Perth now.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

A true modern great. Fare thee well !

Posted by AussieSakha on (November 29, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

That's like a true Champion. Hope Sachin is learning from Ricky, Dravid and Laxman.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

Punter retires!! End of an Era! His best record - 100 test wins!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

well done ponting.. you are great Batsman and Worst sports man

Posted by sawifan on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Farewell champ. I hope u go out with a ton! Always a pleasure to watch. I hope u still play a few more years for Tassie, and knowing ur appetite for the game, you will. All the best Punter!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Hope to see more of him, in something related to Cricket.

Posted by tabsstars on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

End of great era. One of the greats of the game undoubtedly.

Posted by zoot on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

A good decision by a great player.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Wow! Hats off to you Ponting for retiring at the right time. You'll be missed...

Posted by suresh.nice on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Great decision by great cricketer... Wish u all the best for ur future.. Test cricket would miss u...

Posted by sammysam on (November 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Sachin should do the same. Ponting recognises that his contributions have not been good enough. When will sachin wake up to himself. Indian cricket is on a one way street downhill. Players should only be picked on form, not past achievements.

Congrats Ricky and all the best for the future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Hats off to punter for making the decision when things arent going the way they should. Im sure he will be missed, but he holds claim to one of the finest test careers a batsman could ask for. As for a replacement im hoping that khawaja can continue his domestic form and be given another go.

Good luck in Perth Punter make it a good one :D

Posted by xylo on (November 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Bravo Ponting! That you self-reflected on your performances and decided that they weren't up to your own lofty standards and you made way for the next generation will put you over the top among all batsmen of your era.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

A very good decision for a very good batsman who served his country very well. A good sign of a player when he thinks that he is unable to produce for the team and country one should leave ,i must say that now Sachin should also think about.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Legend. Most successful cricketer of all time.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

i might not cry when tendulkar is gona retire but for sure watching you play for last time at perth will bring tears in my eyes. All the best for future punter. NJoy and keep on rocking the cradle. You are the one of legends , one of the best students and finest masters of this beautiful game we all know by name of cricket.

Posted by HawK89 on (November 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Another great leaves the game. He knew that his technique required heavily on his eye sight and feet movement, which degraded over time. Same with Lara.

Posted by Meety on (November 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Big moment in Oz cricket. I hope the news of his retirement does not affect the team's focus for the WACA, but I suggest Pup & Punter won't let it. I was thinking about it this morning & Punter would of probably have liked to retire after Adelaid had Oz won & gained the #1 ranking. I think Punter's main desire to stay on was to leave Oz cricket in as good (impossible to have been better?) a condition as when he entered it. They will big shoes to fill, & Dan Bs article here yesterday was probably right on the money with IC in Marsh's ear, who probably had a straight word or two to Punter. The timing is right, he goes out at the end of a top of the table battle with Sth Africa, & allows a nebie to come into the side in home conditions v Sri Lanka. This will really shake up the structure of the playing XI. Assuming Pup stays @ #5, will Hussey move to #4 & the newcomer (Khawaja?) come in at #6? Will they been thrown in the deep end & Watto drop to #4 or 5? Anyways RESPECT to PUNTER!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Applaud for the greatest...Well played Mate, thanks for the memories

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

About time! I was a big Ricky fan until i saw how selfish this clown could be. Seriously you are retiring on the output from THIS series?!? You have been struggling for 2 years, keeping other young batsmen out in limbo when we need test hardened batsmen.

Posted by balajik1968 on (November 29, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

End of a great career. Well done Ricky and thanks for the memories, many good, some bad. I have one request for the others who will be posting here. Focus on Ponting, don't go about comparing him with others.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

That's sad for cricket fans. Another LEGEND out of action :( Hats Off Rick, for your contribution to cricket.

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (November 29, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Great player.....right timing. Thanks for the chance to watch class batting in the baggy green.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Finally the sun will set on an awe-inspiring career. Even given the fact that he got a very well-oiled side, the way he lead them, made them even more ruthless. All the best to you, Ricky Ponting.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Congratulations Ricky on your retirement.. another fascinating career have come to an end -- Indian Cricket Fan..

Posted by Sunman81 on (November 29, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Wise decision Punter... I hope you signoff with a majestic century... all the best... Pls give a call to sachin too.. :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Hope he scores a century and goes out on a high. Not always been his biggest fan but when you've scored as many runs and won as many games as him you command respect.

Posted by moscowman on (November 29, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Good decision Mr.Ponting!. In the interest of Australian cricket,now in the safe hands of Clarke is correct,though it must have been hear rending for you. Wish you a happy life after cricket with your family. How I wish our seniors here emulate your example,and quit WHEN EVERYONE ASKS "WHY,WHY" INSTEAD OF "WHY NOT". You have proved to be a cricketer with cricketing interest at heart. May you lead a happy,healthy and harmonious life with your family. varadarajan

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Sad day for Australian cricket but the right time to make it. Goes out equal with Steve Waugh in terms of the number of Test matches played and with his integrity intact. I still remember where I was when he played his first Test and copped that abysmal decision to be given out LBW for 96 when the ball wouldn't have hit a 2nd set of stumps. Congratulatrions to Punter on a great career, however I fear that whoever replaces him is on a hiding to nothing.....

Posted by Gojo on (November 29, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Indian Master Blaster must now relax and also urgently end his career also.

His lone terror is now ending. Please give up your position to new Players like Rahane, Ambati Raydu, Badri, Murali Vijay Etc.....

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

So long, Punter! The greatest Australian batsman of your generation! You've been a formidable, world-class opponent who's always given your max & that has won everyone's admiration, friend & foe alike. Going now is right, because watching someone who has been truly great fall back into the pack is not what great sportsmen should do. Congratulations on a fantastic career in which you've showed excellent judgement to the last! Enjoy a well-deserved retirement from professional cricket & may your new life fulfil itself in whatever ways you choose.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

One thing's for sure: it wasn't Ricky's decision. In time-honoured Aussie fashion, he was forced to walk the plank. No denying, though, that he deserves the fanfare of a farewell Test. Excellent timing by the Aussie selectors, as it'll give Hughes, Doolan or Khawaja time to bed in for The Ashes.

Posted by Puneet_Jamariya on (November 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

One of my batting heroes calls it a day!! SAD. I just want him to score an amazing hundred with his trademark pulls over mid-wicket, All the best and thank you Punter.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Well, that sorts out that dilemma. So Ponting will end tie with Steve Waugh as the most capped Australian test player. Let's hope his retirement doesn't become a distraction for the players in the test, like Steve Waugh's farewell series was...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

One of fne player...announcement freeze entire cricket world.. From my rememberance, i support australia from steve waugh captian ship. Till now, eventhough their captain ship will changes from one person to other person.. But sprit is living for ever.. Take care ricky..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

very sad day for world cricket as the aussie great the PUNTER is calling it a day..... he is one of the greatest player to play the game..... he will be missed heavily in the future to come... good luck punter.... have a happy life.....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

in few minutes this report will become irrelevant as most of the readers will discuss Sachin's retirement.....

Posted by .Raina on (November 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

What a career !!! and hopefully he finishes it off with a big hundred at the ground where he averages the least in AUS. All the Best to your future endeavours....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Thank you Punter for your immense contributions to the game and to Australian cricket. We all have fond memories of some of the greatest batting any of us have ever seen. Nobody should ever forget that you were also the most successful test captain in history - a record that won't be broken for a long time.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

He is one of the great player in the history of cricket. I dont like his behavior. But he is very talented player.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Damn! No more of those cool pictures of Ponting in an awkward pose as the ball knocks back his stumps....

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (November 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Oh, come on're not fooling anyone. This is Page 1, Chapter 1 of the Cricket Australia post-Ian Healy retirement plan. Give a hopelessly out of form player who doesn't know when to give up Test cricket, license to one more Test match (or even a whole series) to make their farewells to the cricketing public...and then retire with an appearance of 'going out on his terms'. Same plan for other prolific Test match players who have been playing well, but want to retire anyway.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

End of an era for Australian cricket...

Posted by fan_of_good_cricket on (November 29, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Good decision I would say. The message is very clear here: If you are not contributing enough AND your time has passed, you should call it a day. The career of a great batsman and an excellent captain and decision maker ends here.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Miss you Punter...... You are undoubtedly one of the best.....

Posted by kaneri2611 on (November 29, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

This is such a big loss to any cricket fan. Player of the decade (2000-2009). one of the main reason why aussies conquered the world in last 12-13 years. 32 centuries in a span of 10 years. centuries in each inning of his 100th test. two times world cup winning skipper, 159* in 2003 world cup final. I can't forget u punter.......:(:(:( #Iwillmissallyourpullshots.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

good decision punter. u were a great player. best wishes.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Ricky isone of the best batsman, world cricket will surely miss you for your great captainacy and batting. It might be best decision at best time...! Let's see when Sachin wants to stop.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Great decision, by a great Player at right time...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

I cant believe this. This cant be happening. First Dravid and now Ponting. I seriously think that ponting should have played for 2 more years.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

The game of cricket is one down.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

a legend and probably one of australia's best captains.

Posted by jahinoz on (November 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

How disappointing. Punter's been hard on himself here, unlucky in the two tests against SA but that's just cricket, anything can happen. He's scoring brilliantly at domestic level, but as he said, he's thought long and hard about it.

Farewell Ricky Ponting, one of the greatest Australian batsmen of all time.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Acceptance is a great virtue ! Ponting will remain one of the finest batsmen to have ever played the game!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Good decision Punter.........

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

He will always be a legend.

Posted by nthuq on (November 29, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

This is the perfect timing for a retirement. What a champion, making a decision like this. Hopefully whoever replaces him can cement their place in the side during the Sri Lanka series.

Posted by ars29 on (November 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

i thought it was you to beat Sachin :(

Posted by JustOUT on (November 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Great Batsman... When he is on Song, nobody can match him. I still remember 2003 WC final where he flayed Indian bowlers. As a SA fan, I hope he does not score runs in the 3rd test too, b'coz when he scores he scores heavily. Good Luck!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

you were one of the greatest batsman of the current era 2 legends retired Lara and you only one playing is sachin !! it was a treat to watch you bat 2003 worldcup nonck was certainly the best ODI knock all de best for your future endaveours

Posted by anilkp on (November 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Great decision, Ricky, and best wishes for whatever you do next. You have contributed to the game immensely, you have been a profound entertainer while batting, a truly great leader for your country for so long, and has continued in the high-level precedence of cricketing leadership that your country has set example for the whole world to see. You will be missed. I hope your decision strikes a chord a few thousand miles west, in India, where another legend of the game should listen to the voices of his own body and its performance--just as you did. You have been phenomenal!

Posted by CRmadrid on (November 29, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

End of an Era! a great cricker

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Tribute to the Aussie legend for his contribution to the game. His pull shot will be remembered forever for sure.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Hearty congrats on a wonderful career and I wish him all the very best for the rest of his life.

Posted by on (November 29, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

A very sad news. My most favourite batsman after saeed anwar. People talk and rave about Lara and Tendulkar records but if someone rank players based on their contributions and achievements for their country the Ponting is miles ahead of both Lara and Sachin. Ponting brought a new look in cricket, one which is ruthless, aggressive yet with a touch of class and patience for building a long innings.

WC final 2007 innings against India is one of the few examples where he proved that he is a big match player and a true winner.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

This Hurts! This really does. The best batsman of my generation. Good luck. It was an honour watching you play. You be sorely Missed. - Saad

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

An end of the greatest era of world cricket.........

Posted by LuJaMe on (November 29, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Tremendous innings Punter. How strange it will be watching the cricket and not seeing you out on the field. I just hope the young blokes below you show the same passion and dedication that you have shown throughout your years.

Best of luck for the future Ricky.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar, please learn from this. You have served India, and have done it incredibly well, breaking numerous records along the way. Please give way to younger players. If VVS's retirement, Rahul Dravid's retirement and now Ponting's doesn't reach out to you, then I do not know what or who will. Rahul Dravid was already having a tremendous year of cricket in 2011 and 2012 and could easily have battled till now; But he unselfishly gave way to a younger player by the name of Cheteshwar Pujara and now we have a promising young player. If you give your way to Manoj Tiwary or even Ajinkya Rahane, who knows? They might achieve and might even break your records. Something you'll be proud of at this age.

Posted by azhar44 on (November 29, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

love to see sachin does the same

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (November 29, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

Its really a breaking and shocking news...I believed the thought of playiing the next ashes will keep him charged, this is an end of era for Australian cricket!! I will always remember him for his merciless batting against India in 2003 WC final!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

so sad pointing i will miss u in one day series

Posted by sathish008 on (November 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Thats sad. Hats off Punter. You will be missed. Looking forward to see a grand farewell at WACA.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Absolute Champion of the game!! congratulations Punter... BEst cricket AUstralia has seen since Bradman!!

Posted by crh8971 on (November 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Just listened to the press conference. Ponting spoke extremely well and with great dignity. It has given me an extreme amount of pleasure to be able to watch his career from start to finish. He will be remembered as a true great of the game and quite possibly the best fielder the game has ever seen. Let's hope he has has one more great performance in him at the WACCA this weekend.

Posted by DylanBrah on (November 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

A legendary player, an even better man. Go out there an enjoy yourself mate. You will be dearly missed, all the best for the future!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Great batsman of the modern era. Though I never quite liked him as a person but he was awesome as a player. One of the best captains statistically. I would bracket him just below Lara & Sachin and just above Dravid & Kallis.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

What happens if he makes two double hundreds against Steyn and Morkel?

Posted by Masking_Tape on (November 29, 2012, 3:46 GMT)


Goodbye Ricky. You will forever be the best number 3 in the world! Thank you for the good and bad.

Posted by Qeng_Ho on (November 29, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Congratulations to Ricky Ponting for a great career. I hope Perth turns out in force to bid him farewell. I also hope he gives them something to cheer about.

Posted by Ben1989 on (November 29, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Omg, did not expect this at all, fair well ponting, you are a legend!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Very good decision, this shows how he respects his team and its performance.. Sachin should learn from him.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (November 29, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Right time for another legend to follow the foot step

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Its nice.. He is a Legend Player. He know , if he cant' contribute to the team then there is no use to stay and spoil youngster chance ( like sachin do for india).. i wish him all the best for his future.. he is a legend ... as a indian i wish him..

Cricket will miss you badly Ricky :) Some times he is rude.. but nice person.

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