Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day December 3, 2012

An emotional end to Ponting's storied career

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There was one tiny consolation for Ricky Ponting as he walked off a Test field for the last time. He knew he'd made the right decision to retire. In the WACA gym on Thursday, Ponting was asked how tough it was knowing he would not be part of next year's Ashes tour. Not at all, he replied, because he had made up his mind that he was not good enough to get there. A spectacular, match-winning hundred in Perth might have forced a rethink. Few people would have complained.

As it was, Ponting farewelled Test cricket with a brief innings at the WACA, the ground that launched his Test career 17 years ago. It was an emotional 40-minute stay that started with a guard of honour from the South African players and finished with a series of handshakes, the last of which came from the man who had caught him, one of Ponting's few remaining contemporaries from the early stages of his international career, Jacques Kallis.

Then came the moment that will live on forever in the memories of the 7000-strong crowd. As he approached the boundary, Ponting turned around for one last look at Test cricket from the middle. In his right hand he raised his Kookaburra bat, in his left he held up his helmet. The South Africans continued to clap; the standing ovation from the spectators grew louder. Seventeen years of international cricket had come to an end.

But not without a couple of glimpses of vintage Ponting. He began his innings with a nimble jump across his stumps to leave a ball from Morne Morkel and in Morkel's next over got off the mark with a trademark Ricky Ponting pull, forward of square for four. A crisp on-drive provided the rest of Ponting's runs, a boundary off Dale Steyn that beat Morkel at mid-on. Steyn asked some serious questions of Ponting and the batsman was up to every challenge.

In the end, it was left-arm spin, of all things, that ended Ponting's career. Spin at the WACA. With less than five minutes until lunch, Ponting sensed the chance to go to the break with some momentum. He rocked back to Robin Peterson and tried to crunch the ball through the off side. His edge was snapped up by Kallis at first slip. Ponting stood and stared for a moment, processing what had just happened. His Test career was over.

There was some modest celebration from the South Africans, but they appreciated the historical significance. As Ponting walked off, Graeme Smith ran to Ponting to shake his hand, as he had during the earlier guard of honour. Smith's team-mates flocked from all parts to follow his lead. It was fitting that Kallis, in the twilight of a grand career like Ponting, was last.

As Ponting walked off the WACA, his wife Rianna and two daughters, and his parents Graeme and Lorraine, watched on from the stands. He left the field with 13,378 Test runs to his name at an average of 51.85. In his final Test series, he scored 0, 4, 16, 4 and 8. He was content that he had made the right call.

Though never a showman, Ponting has entertained with his skill and his final raise of the bat was a poignant curtain call. It was about Ponting acknowledging what the game had given to him for the past 17 years. It was also about the game giving Ponting, unquestionably one of the modern greats, his due. As he walked off, the WACA scoreboard said it all. Two words, in huge letters, were all that were required. "Thanks Ricky".

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • TheBengalTiger on December 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    One of the least sportsmanlike people ever to have played the game. Typical Australian cricketer

  • SillyMidPavilion on December 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Ricky, you were both the best batsman in the best team for over 10 years, and you were a credit to cricket and the city of Launceston. We're all gonna miss you.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 4, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Adieu to 1 n only.......Ricky 'Punter' Ponting !!......LEGEND . Easily among best of modern era ...and in my 15 odd years watching cricket. 1. B C Lara...2. R Ponting... 3. J Kallis....and honorable mention R 'fighter' Dravid ....the rest!!

  • Thyagu5432 on December 4, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    People who are comparing Ponting to Sachin have very short memory. Sachin was at his peak when India was a one man team. Sachin scores India scores, Sachin gets out it would be crisis. People talk about his inability to win matches but one has to understand that India was overly dependent on him for a very long time and we cannot win matches by just one man's strength. Yes, he has been struggling for a while now, even when Indian team became stronger his contribution to winning matches were limited but all that I would attribute to the tremendous pressure he was put under (any run, any catch, any wicket he takes the media would be talking about record and record and record). Ponting on the other hand had the good fortune of having a fantastic team mates, Steve/Mark, Hayden, Langer, Gilly, Warne, Mcgrath etc., etc. It was a dream team and he was also performing. When all those great names moved away one by one, Ponting's failures (as captain, as batsman) started showing up.

  • Seoul-Survivor on December 4, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I really noticed the duality of man in Ricky yesterday. I think sometimes we see the sportsman as being the same as the man off the field. Yes, Ricky was ruthless, and as a Captain, you should accept nothing less. However, yesterday's interview after the match, Ricky spoke to the journalists. I wont quote word for word but, he forgave. Anyone in Australia would recognise the journalists in the print media have spent the better half of a year destroying this person's character and decision making processes, and his response.... all class... "Keep reporting, heep doing what you do and I undertsnad that criticism is part of your job... Thank you!" What a class act to the very end. As for the people who are not sure of his cricketing talent, Im not sure how you can reconcile a player with the 2nd highest of runs scored in the history of the game? His legacy with live on.

  • on December 4, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    We will miss you and that baggy green that you proudly wore. You instilled pride greatness and self-belief in Australian cricket. But great cricketers are never really gone. In this age of technology we will watch you over and over again. And we may even see you from time to time in the commentary boxes. Yes, you are one of the greats, a cricketer and a gentleman. We should be happy because you will get more time to spend with your little girls as you explain the nuances of the game to them. And that is as every bit as important as you occupying the middle and scoring a big hundred! Thanks for the memories and God speed.

  • anver777 on December 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Adios & thanks for 17 years of entertainment Ricky !!!!!!! Your pet "PULL SHOT" will be remembered forever & will be missed in this modern era......... wish you a happy retirement from cricket !!!!!

  • on December 4, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Punter, you are my idol cricketer. I love your batting style. You gave me so much enjoyment in my life. Cricket is my dream after religion. Punter is always a great influence to my daily life. When I get time, I watch cricket and cricket of Aussies is my fun. I hope he will be coach to our Bangladesh team after couple of years. He is a true gentleman. We are keen to take the service of this great cricketer. May God keep Punter in good health. Congratulation to a great cricketer in modern era.

  • Prats6 on December 4, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Brilliant sportsmanship from the Proteas. Their gesture was so fitting, to one of the Greats of the Game. We would all miss him. I hope we, Indians learn a thing or two from the way these two teams play but most of all, respect.

  • bramo on December 4, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    thanks RICKY you contribution to cricket will be everlasting

  • TheBengalTiger on December 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    One of the least sportsmanlike people ever to have played the game. Typical Australian cricketer

  • SillyMidPavilion on December 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Ricky, you were both the best batsman in the best team for over 10 years, and you were a credit to cricket and the city of Launceston. We're all gonna miss you.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 4, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Adieu to 1 n only.......Ricky 'Punter' Ponting !!......LEGEND . Easily among best of modern era ...and in my 15 odd years watching cricket. 1. B C Lara...2. R Ponting... 3. J Kallis....and honorable mention R 'fighter' Dravid ....the rest!!

  • Thyagu5432 on December 4, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    People who are comparing Ponting to Sachin have very short memory. Sachin was at his peak when India was a one man team. Sachin scores India scores, Sachin gets out it would be crisis. People talk about his inability to win matches but one has to understand that India was overly dependent on him for a very long time and we cannot win matches by just one man's strength. Yes, he has been struggling for a while now, even when Indian team became stronger his contribution to winning matches were limited but all that I would attribute to the tremendous pressure he was put under (any run, any catch, any wicket he takes the media would be talking about record and record and record). Ponting on the other hand had the good fortune of having a fantastic team mates, Steve/Mark, Hayden, Langer, Gilly, Warne, Mcgrath etc., etc. It was a dream team and he was also performing. When all those great names moved away one by one, Ponting's failures (as captain, as batsman) started showing up.

  • Seoul-Survivor on December 4, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I really noticed the duality of man in Ricky yesterday. I think sometimes we see the sportsman as being the same as the man off the field. Yes, Ricky was ruthless, and as a Captain, you should accept nothing less. However, yesterday's interview after the match, Ricky spoke to the journalists. I wont quote word for word but, he forgave. Anyone in Australia would recognise the journalists in the print media have spent the better half of a year destroying this person's character and decision making processes, and his response.... all class... "Keep reporting, heep doing what you do and I undertsnad that criticism is part of your job... Thank you!" What a class act to the very end. As for the people who are not sure of his cricketing talent, Im not sure how you can reconcile a player with the 2nd highest of runs scored in the history of the game? His legacy with live on.

  • on December 4, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    We will miss you and that baggy green that you proudly wore. You instilled pride greatness and self-belief in Australian cricket. But great cricketers are never really gone. In this age of technology we will watch you over and over again. And we may even see you from time to time in the commentary boxes. Yes, you are one of the greats, a cricketer and a gentleman. We should be happy because you will get more time to spend with your little girls as you explain the nuances of the game to them. And that is as every bit as important as you occupying the middle and scoring a big hundred! Thanks for the memories and God speed.

  • anver777 on December 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Adios & thanks for 17 years of entertainment Ricky !!!!!!! Your pet "PULL SHOT" will be remembered forever & will be missed in this modern era......... wish you a happy retirement from cricket !!!!!

  • on December 4, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Punter, you are my idol cricketer. I love your batting style. You gave me so much enjoyment in my life. Cricket is my dream after religion. Punter is always a great influence to my daily life. When I get time, I watch cricket and cricket of Aussies is my fun. I hope he will be coach to our Bangladesh team after couple of years. He is a true gentleman. We are keen to take the service of this great cricketer. May God keep Punter in good health. Congratulation to a great cricketer in modern era.

  • Prats6 on December 4, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Brilliant sportsmanship from the Proteas. Their gesture was so fitting, to one of the Greats of the Game. We would all miss him. I hope we, Indians learn a thing or two from the way these two teams play but most of all, respect.

  • bramo on December 4, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    thanks RICKY you contribution to cricket will be everlasting

  • on December 4, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    In days of traditional internaional cricket, it was quite common for players to retire leaving the scene for the new comers even at the peak of their carears. Cricket turned strictly professional, there is the lure of money, personal landmarks that has taken much out of the game. All said, Ponting's accomplishments as a batter and a testy leader, he has made a place in Australians cricket history that so many will now want to wish him well. I Think, Indian S. Tundelkar can also now take leaf and follow him...

  • ashutoshsharma99 on December 3, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Ricky was the best. I always knew he was going to make it big when I first saw him in 1995. A true class, loved watching his batting style, his fielding, his approach. Cricket world will miss him dearly. All the best to him for his future.

  • on December 3, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Punter was one of the best when he was in his prime sad to see his demise. but he will in the books as one of the best.

  • on December 3, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Am A De hard australian fan Especially Ponting Lee Gilly n Mcgrath.... I Had tears running down my eyes when Ponting Left the field :'( miss yu forever...

  • on December 3, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Thanks punter for the great moments you provided to the cricket fans around the world.

    As an Indian i want to forget ur WC2003 innings. And as a cricket lover i thoroughly enjoyed ur innings from stands, 123 runs you made in Bangalore 2008, your 1st test ton in INDIA.

    Again salute you master.

  • on December 3, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Well done Ricky! Thanks for the good times.. Brilliant to watch this bloke bat in his prime.. And his captaincy was pretty decent too.. His fielding alone I'd watch cricket just to see that.. Now, I'm the opposite of a huge fan of the bloke.. Can't stand him and never have been able to.. However am still a bit teary eyed to see him go.. His name will be mentioned many a time among the greats

  • on December 3, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Thanks for the entertainment Punter

  • on December 3, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Thanks Ricky for giving all those wonderful moments. As a Indian fan, on a Aussie tour, the player to always hate to watch used to be Ricky Ponting, as you would always know that Ricky will score. But today going thinking of all those times and others, it really feels a pleasure to have watched your batting to the fullest.

  • akpy on December 3, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    great man punter..class act and world of cricket lovers will miss him. @cuthis_arminhalf...surely, you wanted someone to respond to your taunt and i didnt want to disappoint you matey...ricky himself ack sachin today and then there is the small matter of 6500 runs, 29 centuries, 192 wkts the difference between sachin and punter..of course, sachin does not have as many wins bcos australian team has been far superior to the indian team and punter way better fielder than sachin...eat your heart out now

  • rahulcricket007 on December 3, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    i m not a ponting fan but today when he was out & turned to give salute to crowd really touched my heart . feel like i was crying from inside .

  • Moppa on December 3, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Sad as Ponting's departure was, the gestures of Smith, Kallis and the entire South African team made it dignified and poignant - thanks to the Proteas for great sportsmanship.

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    One of the best !! Nothing more to say

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Australia's supreme batsman in a supreme era,Hats off to Ponting!

  • CricketMaan on December 3, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Farewell Ricky..will miss your pull shot and that fast post match speech..plenty of memories, but being an Indian the ones that comes to my mind are, 1) the flying kiss after the 200 at MCG, Ishant's spell in that ill fated series, WC 2003 finals (boy what an innings that was) and that Kallis yorker. Lastly intensity in your eyes..quite unique.

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Ponting, one of the finest batsman in the world. World Cricket will miss him. Wishing him all the best for his future.

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    great circketer no doubt as records show. He has been one of teh greatest captains in the world - so he knows how to evaluate teh game of circket - But his analysis and thought process evaluating his own game shows what a honest, intellgent, shrewd, and a great circketer he his - reinforced.

  • vj_gooner on December 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    We all will miss you Punter! Every single cricketer in the world dreamt of having the aggression & the fighting spirit you possessed!

    Thanks for everything Punter!

  • jezmondo on December 3, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    othello 22 you need to do some research before making your sweeping statements. When courtney walsh retired england gave him a guard of honour and have done it to other players. australia and sa did too.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on December 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    fabtastic competitor and a very gutsy australian

  • TRIN999 on December 3, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Dear Supporter othello22 On your comment about guard of honour...Dont know about England but for India u r utterly wrong ,watch out for muralitharans retirement, u will have a clear idea....

    Dont write just whatever comes to your mind,just have a think for it :)

  • on December 3, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    it feels too sad that i won't see the legend PUNTER again:(.

  • Lara4life501 on December 3, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Well done Ricky, as an Australian you have always made me very proud,the third greatest player of the modern era,behind Tendulkar and Lara...probably the best player of pace bowling of the three,more so early in his career,however he struggled on many occasions against quality spin bowling.Of which Lara was easily far and away the best player of spin bowling the game has seen...who actually took Robin Petersen for the most runs in a test over in SA,Petersen who was the last man to taking pontings wicket in Test Cricket.Truth be told Ricky, you probably should have called time after your stellar series against India last summer.Either way though,your a legend of our great game.Thanks for the memories

  • KingOwl on December 3, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I was never a fan of Ricky Ponting the man. But today, reading this, I was quite emotional. Amazing competitor. A legend? Not sure. I would call someone who transformed cricket as a legend. Thus, I call Sanath Jayasooriya a legend, although Ricky has a better record. But certainly, Ricky was phenomenal as a batsman and Australia owe him a lot. So do we for the entertainment!

  • AlvarotheAussie on December 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Fantastic article Brydon.

    Good bye Punter :( youʻve been an amazing servant of the game over the years and I feel blessed to have witnessed so many of your glorious innings.

    Good luck with everything in your future life :)

  • HumzaRafaqat on December 3, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Ponting the greatest cricketer of last two decades.

  • othello22 on December 3, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    I must say that I am overwhelmed with admiration for Graeme Smith and the SA players for their wonderful gesture of respect for Ricky Ponting. The guard of honour was one of the greatest sporting moments I have witnessed. Can you imagine India or better yet, England acknowledging Ricky in such fashion? I think not. Congratulations to SA on an unlikely but hard-fought win and congrats to RT Ponting - You were the best champ and the memories of your exploits will live forever.

  • KarachiKid on December 3, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    What a great cricketer and what a competitor !

  • on December 3, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Good gentlemen career came to an end !!! hats off to u !!

  • on December 3, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    A great player perhaps a legend retires. hats off to him

  • on December 3, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    no words to explain ponting the best♥♥

  • Cricthink on December 3, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    One of the Greats! Will miss you RTP. Treat to watch you anytime, Remember the 2003 WC Final knock. Your decision to quit was right very precise. Wishing you well Punter! greater things await you. Cheers mate

  • Maccanui on December 3, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    He was no Rod Latham but, still, not a bad player.

  • CutHis_ArminHalf on December 3, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Well done Ponting.

    Farewell.

    Not everyone will appreciate your greatness as there are a lot of cricket "fans" who quite frankly have no idea and think lightweights like Tendulkar can compare. pfff.

  • shwet14 on December 3, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I wish Ponting all the best for rest of his life. For me, he was someone who was a very good batsman, better than most, but not in the league of SRT & BCL. Ponting always had the benefit , at least in first 75% of his career, of having some awesome players around. Most notably, he had Warne, McGrath, Lee, Gillespie in his team. They always put the opoosition under pressure and the Aussie batsmen benefitted from that a great deal. Ponting would still have made runs , had he been part of any other team, but not to such an extent and not in the manner in which he scored. Mind all, he never had to carry the burden of entire team on his shoulders ever in his career, which SRT & BCL had to , and the weight of expectations of an entire nation was also not on his shoulders as in case of SRT. So, in my eyes he was better than most, but definately not a GREAT.

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Three world cups !! Two captained and won with full dominancy !1Ricky, if you were born in India ,there would have been permanent place for you in the playing 11 with a statue !

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Best of Luck Mr Ponting. Many from Sri Lanka would sadly miss you in the forthcoming test series.You are a true legend who brought the Aussie Cricket to extreme competitiveness and we have lots of fond memories of your spectacular innings.

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    End of a era.... He played the game hard & didn't give any excuse for the way he played it.... He played to win..The 17 Test Match winning streak & the only player to win 100 test's says it all....BUT it's not about the Individual Records or the Total Number of runs that matter.... it's the contribution to the TEAM WIN.....That Match Winning / Saving Innings ...The outstanding fielding.... and This is one such player who has made such a contribution that i don't think ANYONE else ..( and i do mean ANYONE else) could match !! ..Thank you & All the best !!

  • Vasi-Koosi on December 3, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I liked your cricket, but I cannot say I was a big fan of you. How could I be? I am a hardcore fan of Indian Cricket and you were our Nemesis Number 1. Be it the ODI's or the tests you were in the list of important wickets India needed to get to secure the match. It was never easy to get your wicket, you will find some courage or an inspiration from somewhere like a magician from his hat to bring up a wonderful innings which will turn the match. How could anyone forget the way you showed the world how batting is done in the Final of the world cup 2003. After a while I realized, this is the same way you played against every other country. You had a fantastic team delivered to you and you did have your own grooming to it. You had set great standards be it captaincy or your own batting, so it is only fair I start picking at your small mistakes. I can sleep well to the fact that you never won a series as captain in India. So Long Ricky, it has been a long innings and I wish you the Best!

  • blah16 on December 3, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Cant say Im sad to see him go, yes he was a good batsman but look at the players he was surrounded with for most of his career hayden,gilchrist,langer,hussey,warne,mcgrath I believe having these great players around him made look better than what he was. He was a good captain but nothing special and his batting declined when they all left plus I never liked his attitude on the field.

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Definitely a storied career, very pleased with how the Western Australian faithful made the occasion special even though there was no miracle innings which nobody would begrudge Ricky of. The question now is, who is next?

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    a great career has come to an end. You are a role model for not only to Aussies but people all over the world. The hook shot was your forte and was fortunate enough to see your last appearance. Real sportsmanship by Proteas.

  • Majid_gaffar on December 3, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Ricky was a good batsman and not a gentleman of the game.Sometimes he was very arrogant on the field.In India tour he broke LCD TV in dressing room when he was run out.

  • SanatAttavar on December 3, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    I really can't say i liked him, but his pull shot - wow, is worth anything. Compact / solid player....thanks for the years of intense competition. Enjoy your retirement.

  • Pablo123 on December 3, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    The curtain closes on a wonderful career. As a South African, we loved to hate you, but respected your cricketing prowess. SA's guard of honour was fitting. The no.1 test team saluting a hero, can't get better than that. To be out caught Kallis is also quite fitting. Kallis started his career with Ponting back in 1995, traded places as the world best batter numerous times along the way, almost having a parallel career in terms of runs scored and centuries & fifties scored, and he has ended your career with a trademark slip catch- quite fitting. Cheers mate, hopefully see Ponting in some other tournaments like T20 and World XI's. He's still got plenty of cricket left in him, much like Jonty Rhodes did when he retired. Too soon, I say.

  • Naresh28 on December 3, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Hard luck Ponting in this last game. Still will leave us with memories of a great player and captain. SA Well PLAYED. Your bowlers did great. Philander added to Steyn what a great attck that is. The batsman did not disappoint as well. SA DESERVE THE NO1 SPOT!!!!!

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    A great Era has come to an end ....what a run this guy had !!! Ricky Pointing will be missed but it was best decision he could take ..... I think that's what one should conclude if its time to go and not stay in denial !!! Hats of to the legend...

  • joseyesu on December 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    It is a loss to CRICKET fans. Well played PONTING

  • satish619chandar on December 3, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Australia will miss him.. Cricket will miss him too. He is one guy i would love to see on the field. I do hate him times. And, i love to see him get out against good balls. But I love it even more to see him pulling it, cover driving it and almost every shot of his.. Watching a player like him is always pleasure to me as i win-win whether he scores or gets out. Will miss you Punter. I feel the baton as a captain batsman is passed on to Clarke and the arrogant captain is passed on to MSD.

  • on December 3, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Well played, Ricky! Thanks for all the memories!! Let your future be as glorious as your cricket career!!!

  • JoieDeVivre on December 3, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Third time in my life I nearly had moist eyes and for the first time for a non Indian. When Rahul Dravid and VVS retired ealier this year I thought the game of Cricket we love so much is so cruel and the 2 giants probably deserved a better farewell. Same thing with Ricky Ponting today as well. It's been told I think a zillion times but I will say again, it has been an absolute joy watching him bat. I can say this to my grand kids we were fortunate few to see guys like Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendular, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, VVS, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Jacques Kallis etc. Unfortunately good times don't last long & all the joy and happiness these guys gave us is slowly but steadly coming to an end.

  • KnightOfCricket on December 3, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    This generation has probably missed most of the legends Dada, dravid, laxman, Warne, Pigeon, Gilly and now the best of them PUNTER !! .........I will still tune in to star cricket to watch your despotic and solitary pull shot one could ever deliver !!!!

    next frontiers to follow Sachin,kallis and mahela.......

  • RajaPad on December 3, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    In my view, if you want to leave your career with your head high, you have to be good always. Even one blemish in your career can potentially damage all the good work done earlier and those that will be done later. Ponting is one such glittering example where I think he lost it all because of his on field behaviour a few times. That infamous test against India where he signalled Ganguly out and the Umpire duly obeyed him was the heights. I wasn't unduly unhappy that he was playing and I am not unduly happy that he is leaving. For me he is another player who has retired.

  • babubhaiyya on December 3, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Thank You Ricky............ The game was great when you played

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    What a great player he is, his carrier was very good. gud luck for future.

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Hats off Ponting !! Really an end of great chapter !!

  • Hammond on December 3, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Good luck and best wishes Ricky. You never should have been captain, but that wasn't your fault. Spend time with your family and enjoy your retirement.

  • ozwriter on December 3, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    there's langer, hayden, martyn etc. and then there's ponting. his retirement is the end of an era, the end of a classy player, the end of australia's best. i though the guard of honour was class gesture with SAF.

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    I can't say I liked Ricky Ponting, but he has inspired me whenever he was out there in the field.. Undoubtedly the greatest captian ever, fearless who led from the front... Enjoy your retirement.

  • ShekharBhandari on December 3, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Ricky, Respect! The cricketing fraternity and fans would applaud a batsman, a purist. The great game will miss you!

  • Sachin_Game on December 3, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    A true legend of the game.. Cricket will miss u RICKY.. will miss the aggression and a true character like u to be present on the field. HATS OFF Ricky!!!

  • usmanHM on December 3, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Made me cry to think that we can't see him on the field in tests. Cant imagine Australia without him. He is true legend. You will be missed a lot

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    I am glad that I was alive to see Ricky Ponting's career.

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    What a legend, could have retired with an average of 57, but an ultimate team player, and man, he is. He stayed on too help the fledgling Captain, Michael Clarke, he also wanted too stand down as Captain, 2 years before he finally did. But nobody was ready to takeover, and Cricket Australia, talked him into staying on, at the sufference of his own form. He is a `Legend`, and an `Icon`, of the greatest game in the World, team first as always `Punter`, you Legend. Good bye, and enjoy your family, and life, Punter. :)

  • Wallaroo on December 3, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    The master blaster King Ricky. A great servant to Australia. Wore his heart on his sleeve which some found hard to take but he was always true to himself.

    Best wishes for the future.

  • Edassery on December 3, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Kudos to Punter, he played his game with dignity and quit at the right time! Others should learn from it.

    If you look at his 2012 innings it looks like this:

    Ponting in 2012: {134,7,221,60*,4,14,7,41,23,57,0,4,16,4,8} = 600 Runs in 15 Innings with Two 100s, Two 50s - Retired

    ...and compare that with this one...

    Tendulkar in 2012: {41,80,15,8,25,13,19,17,27,13,-,8,8} = 274 Runs in 13 Innings with just one 50 - No plan to quit?

  • Naveen2307 on December 3, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Many cricketers come n go.. He 's the one who has done everything in cricket.... big thanks for your memories...

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    as a die hard aussie fan and Cricket australlias well wisher, Ponting should be given a motor car ride when the T 20 begins. he deserves a drive around MCG

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    What a gentlemen and a great leader. Australian cricket will miss you. You gave our Proteas a great challenge through out your playing career. Loved the rivalry. good bye great Punter.

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Undoubtedly the greatest captian ever.fearless who led from the front.Who can forget his attacking fields setup and brave declarations.Hats off.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 3, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    A legend and a big loss to cricket lovers.

  • TheLoneStranger on December 3, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Two years too late. I'm not a sentimentalist like many are when it comes to Ponting. He should have retired two years ago when gifted with a let-off that a schoolboy would have caught, when he went on to make 200. He'd been batting badly before that match and has batted poorly for the last two years with the exception of one big series, which only prolonged the agony.

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Well Ricky not your day - not too much to worry about, you've played with the best and won. Had you been the captain what would you have done differently, probably scored more runs no doubt, was the selection of players the best of Australia, the SA's had the same team which struggled in the last 2nd Test, so what went wrong.

    You have your retirement which I hope is long and happy AND to reconsider the 3rd Test mate.

    Enjoy your retirement you did the Aussies proud.

  • Greatest_Game on December 3, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I can't say I ever liked Ponting, but I certainly always had immense respect for him, & I'm not happy to see him go. Typically honest, he retired on his own terms, when he thought it the right thing to do. Classy! Certainly one of the batting & fielding greats, and a huge loss for Oz. Seemed right that his only contemporary in the match took the catch. Played each other for 17 years & still competing to the last ball. Priceless.

    Thanks for 17 years of fantastic cricket, Mr. Ponting.

  • on December 3, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Great Charter, Greatest Aggressor & Wonderful Captain World of cricket miss you (PUNTER)

  • JustOUT on December 3, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Great Player.. LEGENG!!.. Just it striked me what will be the emotions and drama when Sachin plays his last TEST..

  • on December 3, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Legend gone. legend always legend. Thanks Ricky. Will miss my favorite.

  • on December 3, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Punter u ll be missed.... End of an era...

  • on December 3, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Legend gone. Legend always legend. Thanks Ricky. We'll miss you.

  • Thyagu5432 on December 3, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Ponting was one of the greatest bastman, human ever if not the greatest. Even in his failure he showed us what he is made up of. I would walk miles to see the 4 and 8 he scored this test. What a player, what a man, simply amazing. I wish God blesses Ponting with his magic and he turns 22 and we can all see him flourish all over again for the next 20 odd years. My salutations to this greatest player of all time not just in Cricket but in all sport. Wow!

  • Soso_killer on December 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    What a great player, fare well

  • Dhanvanth on December 3, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    A great legend retires!:(

  • MelbourneMiracle on December 3, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Brings tears to my eyes! I say it again...Not my favorite but the greatest Cricketer I've ever seen! In his peak there was no one on the cricket field to match his batting, fielding and captaining skills! A Legend! We dearly miss you Sir Ricky Thomas Ponting! A BIG salute from Sri Lanka! Shamalka

  • on December 3, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Ricky,you are surely one of the greatest batsman in the modern era of cricket.I hope you enjoyed your cricketing career a lot and mismarised many of the fans all around the world with your cricketing shots.you enter and enjoy your next phase of your life and hope you do so. I AM AN ARDENT FAN OF YOU,INDIA ENJOY RICKY,WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

  • pdnagaraj on December 3, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Great Cricketer,Master Tactician, Wonderful Captain, Greatest Aggressor on the field,Classical Puller ,cutter and Driver of a Cricket Ball.

    Hats Of Man.... Thanks for wholesome wonderful entertainment. Have a great Second innings.

  • on December 3, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Will miss you PUNTER,...!!

  • sachinanddravid on December 3, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    what a way to leave international cricket for Ricky same like Steve Waugh ...... big loss to SA when Ricky leaving and Steve waugh's continues winning record broken by India and levelled the series.

    These two have deserved a lot of respect as skippers of Aussies,as they have done a lot for Australia and International cricket.

    Good Bye Legend....

    We ll miss ur action and the pull shot in the coming test series against us in India.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Legend gone. Was my favorite.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Undoubtedly the greatest batsman I've ever watched. There was Dravid, Tendulkar, Lara, Kallis, Inzamam but no one played as much a hand in their team's utter dominance as Ponting. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have seen him bat.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Dear Ricky Thomas Ponting,

    This is Raja writing from Bangalore. Thanks Ricky for all the wonderful moments you have provided us. Adieus Punter. Took the right call at the right time. Wish you and your new team ( family) all the very best for the future.

    Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and A very Happy New Year!!!

    Cheers!!!Raja!!!

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    good bye champ, most successful cricketer by far,

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Sad day. .

  • TsoroM on December 3, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    One of the legends of the game and certainly one of the greatest competitors. He has gifted the game of cricket with some amazing knocks and it is sad to see him go. But he has given us (South Africans) a lot of pain with bat in hand in the past. Even though he did not really into his stride this series, it is with sadness and relief to see him go. Thanks Punter for the records you put up and your incredible longevity in this business!

  • sandy_bangalore on December 3, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    You were the best player of fast bowling in this era! Yes, above tendulkar, lara,inzamam..ANYONE! THanks for the memories, from India!

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Words cannot explain what u have done Ricky..An Absolute legend torturing many teams including My Proteas...But well done on a long career and somewhere my brother is crying for u right now..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 3, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Before I realised, I was in tears. End of an era. Thanks Ricky - from one of your admirers from India.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Symbol of Australian cricket as well as great player in the sport. Record states what you are Ricky.

    Thanks a lot Punter

  • t20-2007 on December 3, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Well done Ricky !!...thanks for all the entertainment..Good Luck

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    A great era came to an end.

  • ballonbat on December 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Thanks Ricky for giving us some of the greatest batting ever.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    farewell to one of the greatest captain and a great batsman ended his test career today...the living legend 'Ricky ponting'

  • mumbo on December 3, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Thanks Ricky, you will be certainly miss, one of the great of the modern game you thrill fans the world over with your class, once again..... Thanks Ricky Ponting

  • sportofpain on December 3, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Thanks Ricky! Sad to see you leave. What gets me is that he looks so young - that boyish face belongs to a 20 year old. And he is still lightning quick. There were probably another 1000 runs for him but as they say leave when they say why not when they say why not.

    Thanks for the memories. You were one of the absolute greats. Definitely one of the top 10 bats in the history of the game.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    great great era has ended today :(

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  • on December 3, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    great great era has ended today :(

  • sportofpain on December 3, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Thanks Ricky! Sad to see you leave. What gets me is that he looks so young - that boyish face belongs to a 20 year old. And he is still lightning quick. There were probably another 1000 runs for him but as they say leave when they say why not when they say why not.

    Thanks for the memories. You were one of the absolute greats. Definitely one of the top 10 bats in the history of the game.

  • mumbo on December 3, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Thanks Ricky, you will be certainly miss, one of the great of the modern game you thrill fans the world over with your class, once again..... Thanks Ricky Ponting

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    farewell to one of the greatest captain and a great batsman ended his test career today...the living legend 'Ricky ponting'

  • ballonbat on December 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Thanks Ricky for giving us some of the greatest batting ever.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    A great era came to an end.

  • t20-2007 on December 3, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Well done Ricky !!...thanks for all the entertainment..Good Luck

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Symbol of Australian cricket as well as great player in the sport. Record states what you are Ricky.

    Thanks a lot Punter

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 3, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Before I realised, I was in tears. End of an era. Thanks Ricky - from one of your admirers from India.

  • on December 3, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Words cannot explain what u have done Ricky..An Absolute legend torturing many teams including My Proteas...But well done on a long career and somewhere my brother is crying for u right now..