Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from international cricket, on the eve of the third Test against South Africa in Perth.
“It’s a decision I thought long and hard about, put in long consideration about the decision, at the end of the day it was about my results and my output in this series so far,” Ponting said.
“It hasn’t been to the level required for batsmen and players in the Australian team. My level of performance hasn’t been good enough.”
Following a poor start to the Test series with low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide, Ponting said he was troubled by the “tentative” manner of his dismissals. In Adelaide he was bowled twice in the same match for only the second time in a career that began in 1995.
“This is not a decision that’s been made by the selectors, this a decision that has been made by me,” Ponting said. “I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to go out on my terms.”
Ponting will play out the domestic season for Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.Cricket Ricky Ponting