Ponting ends first-class career with a flourish

Ricky Ponting was committed to the last. He closed the first class chapter of his career with an unbeaten 169 to earn Surrey a draw against a Nottinghamshire side which was powerless to build on an impressive opening two days. Needing nine wickets, they could only manage seven, as Ponting unfurled a special innings to sign off his long-form career with impeccable class.

He finishes on 24,150 runs – 493 of them coming in his six innings in Surrey whites, including two hundreds and a fifty. Today’s hefty unbeaten score gives him an illusory average of 123.25 in this stint, but it wouldn’t seem right if a career so illustrious came to end with a dismissal. Read more