Ponting ends his Test Career defeated by South Africa
After the second test match against South Africa, Australian former two world cup winning captain and cricket legend Ricky Ponting announced that he would retire after the Perth Test of the running Test Series against South Africa. Sadly for Ponting, Australia lost to South Africa by 309 runs on the fourth day of the test and lost the overall series as well. Ricky Ponting been out of form during this calendar year. In the last 3 matches he did not score well. In the second innings of the match he was caught by Jacques Kallis at slip for eight off Robin Peterson. Australia were bowled out for 322 on the fourth evening in Perth to chase a target of 632 runs. Ponting is also disappointed for his unhappy ending.
Ponting said, “It’s not the way I wanted to finish. I was a bit embarrassed but it was an amazing gesture by Graeme to be given a guard of honour by the South Africa team. I have tried to stay away from watching and listening to everything about my retirement this week. It’s not unfolded the way I would have liked.”
Meanwhile, the second highest run-scorer in test history was given a guard of honour by the South Africa team as he walked to the crease, instigated by captain Graeme Smith.