Ponting Retires

Ricky Ponting will be departing from the crease for the final time on an international stage next week when he finally hangs up his whites.

During his career, he has been controversial, outspoken and at times bizarre but when at his best he has arguably been the best ever batsmen for Australia and possibly the world.

He has some great moments against England, but what made him the best was that he would do anything to win.

After making his debut back in 1995 against Sri Lanka, he went on to make 13366 runs in test cricket and lies second behind only Sachin Tendulkar in the ranks. He has an average of a brilliant 52.21.

On his retirement,  Michael Vaughan said on Twitter: “The best batsman I had the privilege to play against was Ricky Ponting. He played better against me than Sachin did. Both incredible but if I had to pick one it would be Ricky. Australian cricket will not be the same without him.”

In his career he won the World Cup three times and was part of one of the best ever Australian sides that included Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist.

For more information check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/17107379.

Ponting will be sorely missed in the game and it marks an end of an era for Australian cricket.

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