Ponting announces retirement

Sportal November 29, 2012, 2:40 pm
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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will announce on Thursday the third Test against South Africa will be his international swansong.

After a strong start to the Sheffield Shield summer, Ponting's future has been the subject of much speculation following a dismal two Tests against the Proteas in Brisbane and Adelaide, scoring just 20 runs.

On the fourth morning of the Adelaide Oval Test he admitted that he was unsure about his place in the team, conceding that there was a real chance he would be dropped for Perth.

Coach Mickey Arthur, captain Michael Clarke and senior batsman Mike Hussey all threw their support behind Ponting following the second Test, insisting a return to form was not far away.

But with a three-Test series to come against Sri Lanka later this summer ahead of back-to-back Ashes series away and then at home against England, Ponting has decided to fall on his sword.

That will allow selectors to install a replacement at No.4 against the Sri Lankans rather than throwing them in the deep end against England.




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