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It has not even been a week away from cricket and Ricky Ponting appears a changed man, writes Peter Lalor in the Australian, who speaks to the batsman about his emotional last day and his reflections on his career.
Funny how things turn out. Australian teams in Ponting's pomp hosted the defeated sides in their dressing rooms, giving them a glimpse of what it was like where the elite lived. Patting them on the back, offering them a consolation beer.
"We spent more time in the South African rooms than we did in our rooms, walked right into one of those drinking games that they play and ended up getting involved in that and sculling four or five beers," Ponting recalls.
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