Ricky Ponting Announced Retirement from Tests.Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting Thursday called time on his Test career, announcing this week’s clash against South Africa in Perth will be his last.”A few hours ago I let the team know that this upcoming Check will be my last,” they said at a hastily-called press conference, adding that they will continue to play for Tasmania in the domestic competition this summer.Ponting, who turns 38 next month, has failed in innings against the Proteas in the work of draws in Brisbane & Adelaide & pressure has been building on the 167-Test veteran ahead of Friday’s series decider in Perth.They will equal Steve Waugh’s mark of 168 Tests in the upcoming match — the most in the history of Australian cricket.
The Tasmanian, who has 13,336 Check runs to his name, including 41 centuries with only Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar scoring more, said it was time to call it a day.”Over the last couple of weeks my level of performance has not been nice ,” they said.”My passion & love for the game has not changed but at the finish of the day (the decision) was based on my results.”In this series so far they have not been up to the level necessary of batsmen & players in the Australian team.”I’m glad I have got the chance to finish on my terms.”
For so long the stony-faced embodiment of Australian cricket, Ponting and other members of the squad wept as they came to terms with the fact a Check career that began at the WACA ground in 1995 would finish at the same ground 17 years later. “I tried to tell them a lot, but I didn’t get much out,” Ponting said. “As I said to the boys this morning, they have never seen me emotional, but I was one time this morning.”
As emotional as somebody has ever seen him, Ricky Ponting lost his customary composure when telling team-mates of his decision to retire from international cricket on the eve of the third Check against South Africa in Perth.
If the decision drew a historicallyin the past unseen well of feeling from within Ponting, its reasons were coldly logical and team-oriented. After failing two times with the bat in Adelaide and thrice in this series, having given himself the best feasible lead-in by domestic cricket Ponting concluded that he was no longer nice to perform at the level he preferred. For so long Ponting’s watchword had been consistency – now he spoke ruefully of “consistent failure”.
Other considerations included choosing the best circumstances in which to permit his successor in the batting order to start, a query Ponting had also pondered when handing over the captaincy to Clarke in 2011. As befitted a man whose proudest career achievement is to have played in more Check wins than any other cricket player, Ponting was also keen for the announcement to inspire, not overshadow, Australia’s tilt at the world No. one rating in this match.
“I require to be a consistent performer, and in case you look back over the last 12 or 18 months I haven’t been able to perform consistently. I have had moments of nice stuff, and extended moments of cricket that is been below my expectations and below a par level for me, so there has not been dismissal or moment, it is been in my own eyes moderately consistent failure. That is why I think the time is right now to be making this decision.”
“It’s a call I thought long and hard about, put in long consideration about the decision, at the finish of the day it was about my results and my output in this series so far,” Ponting said. “It has not been to the level necessary for batsmen and players in the Australian team. My level of performance has not been nice .