Ricky Ponting will retire from Test Cricket after the test in Perth. Like every cricket-loving Australian I have mixed feelings about this. No batsman, other than perhaps Adam Gilchrist at his best, gave me as much pleasure as I got watching Ponting on one of his batting rampages. He was awesome, he was fearless. He was a mighty in the field and just a great all-round athlete. He was a lean, tough all-round sportsman who even played golf off scratch! It wasn’t just impressions either. After the Perth test Ponting will equal Steve Waugh’s Australian record of 168 tests. Ponting scored more runs than any Australian (13,366), made the most centuries (41), the most catches ((196), the most Test wins as an Australian captain (48), the most one-day runs (13,704) but lost the most Ashes series of any Australian captain (3).
Ricky Ponting gave cricket everything and deserved success. He retired saying that he wasn’t good enough to complete another tour. That’s fine – he played for Australia at age 20 and is still playing at age 38. He will continue playing for Tasmania.