The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Ponting to retire from international cricket after Test against S. Africa


PERTH (REUTERS) - Australia's Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, telling a stunned news conference he would be calling time on his glittering 17-year career after this week's third test against South Africa.

The former Australia captain has scored 13,366 runs in 167 Tests - the second highest haul in the long history of the game- and stands behind only the great Don Bradman in the ranks of Australian batsmen.

"A few hours ago I let the boys know of my decision to make this Test my last," Ponting, who turns 38 next month, told reporters in the weights room under the stands at the WACA.

"It's a decision I thought long and hard about. It was based on my output and my results in this series so far. It hasn't been what I expect of myself and certainly not the level required of a batsman in the Australia team.