* Born: Dec 19, 1974 at Launceton, Tasmania In tests:
* Matches: 167 (won 48 out of 77 tests as captain)
* Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Perth on Dec. 8, 1995
* Double centuries: 6
* Batting average: 52.21
* Highest score: 257
* Wickets: 5
* Catches: 196
* Matches: 375 (won 165 of 230 as captain)
* Debut: Against South Africa at Wellington on Feb. 15, 1995
* Total runs in ODIs: 13,704 * Second highest scorer behind India’s Tendulkar (18426)
* Centuries: 30 – Second highest number of centuries behind Tendulkar (49)
* Batting average: 42.03
* Highest score: 164
As Australian legend Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from international game, the cricketing world congratulated the former captain for his brilliant 17-year-old career.
Ponting, who turns 38 on December 19, scored 13,366 runs at an average of 52.21 in 167 Tests. His highest score was 257. He also scored 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries. He played 375 One-Day Internationals, scoring 13,704 runs at an average of 42.03, including 30 centuries and a highest score of 164.
Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside of you. legend
Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team.
Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter… Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you!!!
Ricky Ponting RETIRES…. ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing AUS, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter!
Well played Ricky Ponting on a great career. Hope you end it on a very high mate. Good luck, as there is plenty life after cricket
What a player, entertainer of note and an all-time great Ricky Ponting! Always loved his approach to batting.
The best batsman I had the privilege to play against … Australia cricket will not be the same without him. Ricky was a very underestimated bowler as well… Quicker than he looks!
Ricky ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow…
A legend announced retirement. The cricket world will miss Ricky Ponting on the field.
A a great driver and a great puller! That’s one thing that really stood out for me. Enriched the game by his feats. From this moment on, there will be only nice things said about Ponting Ponting came out of that very typical Australian mould of batsmen. He was the quintessential Aussie batsman in style and approach
A very sad day for world cricket, Ricky-1 of the Greatest modern day bats, a former teammate and the consummate professional. Go well mate. Cherish the greats till they are playing, watching international cricket will never be the same without these champions.
England bowler Stuart Broad via twitter: “Huge respect for how Ponting played the game. Tough competitor Aussies will miss him. 100 at Perth to finish?”
West Indies batting great Brian Lara via twitter: “Ricky u will go down as one of the greats! “I batted with Ricky once at the MCG, what a great experience that was, 4 such a great cause Tsunami victims.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith: “I’ve played a lot against Ricky and he’s certainly the most competitive man I’ve played against. “I think the way he played the game and intensity with which he played the game is a credit to him. I think he’s always represented Australia with a lot of dignity and a lot of skill.”