Ricky Ponting announces his retirement

AAP, Yahoo!7 Updated November 29, 2012, 2:39 pm

Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from Test cricket.

The former Australian captain has underperformed so far this series and confirmed the third Test against South Africa in Perth will be his last.

Ponting told his teammates of his decision on Thursday morning and announced it publicly in a media conference at the WACA.

"Over the last couple of weeks my level of performance hasn't been good enough," he said.

"My passion and love for the game hasn't changed.

"At the end of the day (the decision) was based on my results.

"In this series so far they have not been up to the level required of batsmen and players in the Australian team.

"I'm glad I have got the opportunity to finish on my terms."

Ponting will equal Steve Waugh's mark of 168 Test matches in this match, the most in the history of Australian cricket.

The entire Australian squad turned up for the press conference, as did Ponting's wife Rhianna and his two daughters.

Turning 38 next month, Ponting is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time and has been described as the greatest Australian batsman outside Sir Donald Bradman.

The Tasmanian has 13,336 Test runs to his name, only Indian Sachin Tendulkar has scored more in the history of cricket.

Ponting suggested after the second Test in Adelaide where he made four and 16 that the end might be near, and his fate was now in the hands of selectors.

He will continue to play for Tasmania in the domestic competition for the remainder of the summer.

Ponting said he would in no way be distracted for the series-deciding Test against South Africa where the world No.1 ranking is up for grabs.

"I want this win more than any other game I have played in."

Australian captain Michael Clarke said the announcement gave his side extra incentive to win the third Test.

"It will only give us more inspiration," said an emotional Clarke as he fought back tears.

"He has been a great player for a long time.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland paid tribute to Ponting's contribution to Australian cricket.

"Ricky has had an extraordinary career and has made an extraordinary contribution, including through the example he has set for other elite players and through the excitement he has given fans, young and old," Mr Sutherland said.

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  1. Saint10:53pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ponting I hope to see you go out on a high, beating South Africa and reclaiming the Number 1 spot, then we can head to the Ashes so we can thrash those worthless poms back to back next year, just so sad you can't be there

  2. the paperweight09:03pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    superb career has to come to an end. a great competitor,magnificent batsman and fielder- thanks for the memories all the best in retirement

  3. andrew k04:10pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Its about time.

  4. underarm_bowler03:47pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    the smelly poms are breathing a sigh of relieve after the way ponting has destroyed their lily white country. They only wish he played for England only cause they have a #$%$ indian and south africans in their team and obviously want to add an Aussie. Even Ian Botham wanted to be an Aussie as he was embarrassed to be a pom

  5. underarm_bowler03:43pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    LOLOL The poms are wankers in life and sport. They nearly lost the war to the Germans but thanks to the Aussies and the Yanks prevailed. They have had to rely on the though bronzed Aussies to bale them out of losing all wars and rely on us to show you how to play sports and be champions.They can only win on their own dirty soil and as history has shown they are reduced to a pathetic squandering country outside of their own confines. The only war they could win is the Falklands and even then it was close. Great Brittan are useless at sport and have shown that even they invented the game cricket have been smashed by every country from pillar to post. It took them a quarter of a decade to beat Australia in Australia. It takes four countries, England Scotland Wales and Ireland to which they can draw sports people from and even then they fail. Great Brittan, what’s great about it, has been kicked out of every country it invaded. They sent the convicts to Australia and now they are kicking down the doors to immigrate there. Their queen (not ours) is a taxrapist who rips of her own people so she can live a life of luxury. England, or as it’s known, little Pakistan, is now ruled by Muslims. We all sit back and laugh at you as you sing rule Britannia as you rule no one now. We laugh even more how you “keep a stiff upper lip” and drink your cups of tea and have cucumber sandwiches with your little pinky extended. We continue to laugh how you still don’t know how to shower, hence the name smelly pom. Your country is no longer a financial leader as you still haven’t recovered from the pounding the Germans gave you. Not only are you wankers in sport but you are wankers in life or as you pommy bustards say “tossers”. No wonder your country is run by a queen. We shall always be your masters in life and you will always be humble to us. Your miserable country with your miserable weather has produced many a lilly white pom. No wonder Australia has had to control the large influx of lilly white poms running away from not great Brittan. Even America kicked your backsides in a war. From rule the world you can’t even rule your own streets. And when you do get to Australia we all laugh how you welt like rotten fruit under our summer. Still Australia needs poms as we need someone to the menial and shite jobs. Even your beer is krap as its always hot. And you women much prefer the superiority of the Aussie male against the lily white pommy male. Even your cricket team is full of imports and soon the real Englishman will be a head wobbler and wear a turban.

  6. ScottyJay03:36pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I would like to congratulate Ricky on a long and fantastic career. He has help Australia to the highest levels of cricket, and I'm glad he's leaving on his terms.

  7. Hiko03:33pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    All good things must come to an end. Ponting is no exception but he can definitely leave the scene in pride. Happy retirement and thanks for the magnificient service to Australian cricket.

  8. Abbott loves Jones03:32pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Gratz Ricky you legend...Oh and the Carbon Tax is more popular than Abbott now..hehehehe how sad is that!!

  9. David Cavall03:30pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No--No---Noooooooooooooooooooo---tell me it's not so---life no longer has any meaning to me--he's quitting cricket?

  10. 03:27pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    CEd...synonym... for Cricket enlightened dunce..... enough "said" really.