29 Nov 2012

Ponting announces retirement after Perth test

7:00 pm on 29 November 2012

Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from test cricket but the highest Australian run-scorer of all time wants to go out on a high with victory in the third and final match against South Africa in Perth.

The former captain has been under immense pressure to keep his place in the side with a poor start to the summer against the Proteas. Ponting's made just 20 runs in three innings.

Ponting has scored a duck, four and 16 in three innings against the Proteas, and is the only specialist batsman in Australia's side to have not made a half-century in the series, which is tied 0-0 after drawn tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.

The 37-year-old Tasmanian will equal Steve Waugh's mark of 168 test matches in the match, the most in the history of Australian cricket.

The entire Australian squad turned up for the press conference in Perth where Ponting made his announcement.

And a 1-0 series victory is all he says he's concentrating on now - Ponting says he'll look back over his illustrious career after the test at the WACA.

He will continue to play for Tasmania in the domestic competition for the remainder of the summer.