Ricky Ponting, Australia’s 366th Test player and most successful captain, has announced he will retire from Test cricket at the conclusion of the third Vodafone Test in Perth.
Ponting points to his recent form as the defining moment to retire.
"My output as an Australian batsman wasn't good enough." he told a press conference at the WACA in Perth ahead of the third Vodafone Test.
"I haven't been performing consistently over the last 12-18 months. I believe now is the right time to make this decision."
Scores of 0, 4 and 16 brought retirement to the forefront of his mind, admitting he failed during the big moments, something he prided himself on.
Despite his recent form troubles, his love for the game never waned. "My passion for cricket hasn't changed.
"I'm looking forward to finishing off the season with Tasmania in the Big Bash with the Hobart Hurricanes."
The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel today paid tribute to Ponting.
"Ponting’s batting record speaks for itself," said National Selector John Inverarity. "He has been one of Australia’s and the World’s all-time great batsmen and fieldsmen.
"As a captain Ricky Ponting has an outstanding record. He led from the front and his men followed him. They loved him, but there is much more.
"Ricky is the ultimate team-man, giving so much more to the team than his runs and catches.
"He takes a deep interest in his fellow players and would always do all he could to help and nurture them.
"Few people could match the contribution he has made to the game we all love.
"Let’s hope that Lady Luck smiles has way in his final Test match and he has the farewell he so richly deserves."
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First Posted 29 November, 2012 1:23PM AEST