Ricky Ponting announces retirement from Test cricket

Australia’s most successful captain, Ricky Ponting, has announced he will retire from Test cricket at the conclusion of the third Test in Perth.

“My output as an Australian batsman wasn’t good enough.” he told a press conference at the WACA in Perth.

“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.”

Ponting has amassed 13,366 runs in 167 Tests at 52.21, and 13,704 runs in 375 one-day internationals.

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