There was one tiny consolation for Ricky Ponting as he walked off a Test field for the last time. He knew he’d made the right decision to retire. In the WACA gym on Thursday, Ponting was asked how tough it was knowing he would not be part of next year’s Ashes tour. Not at all, he replied, because he had made up his mind that he was not good enough to get there. A spectacular, match-winning hundred in Perth might have forced a rethink. Few people would have complained.
As it was, Ponting farewelled Test cricket with a brief innings at the WACA, the ground that launched his Test career 17 years ago. It was an emotional 40-minute stay that started with a guard of honour from the South African players and finished with a series of handshakes, the last of which came from the man who had caught him, one of Ponting’s few remaining contemporaries from the early stages of his international career, Jacques Kallis. Read more
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