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Ponting to retire after Perth Test

Upended: Ricky Ponting is bowled by Jacques Kallis in the Second Test against South Africa.

Upended: Ricky Ponting is bowled by Jacques Kallis in the Second Test against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Ricky Ponting has announced that tomorrow’s Perth Test against South Africa, his 168th, will be his last, after an illustrious 17-year career.

A media conference is imminent in Perth, with the former captain’s retirement expected to be discussed.

After making 4 and 16 in Adelaide, and a duck in Brisbane, Ponting’s dream of surviving to play against England in upcoming Ashes series appeared doomed.

The imposing right-hander overcame a similar lean patch to record a vintage summer last season, scoring 544 runs at 108, including a century in Sydney and a double century in Adelaide.

Ponting started the domestic season in blazing form, but failed to counter the new ball when confronted with the world’s best pace attack.

Ponting made his Test debut at Perth in 1995 against Sri Lanka, making 96. It was an apt start to what became one of the most successful Test careers in Australian cricket history.

Ponting has averaged 52.21, scoring 41 centuries and 62 50s.

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