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SBD Global/November 30, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Australian Cricketer Ricky Ponting Ends Test Career On Friday Against South Africa
Published November 30, 2012
LAST HURRAH: In Sydney, Chris Barrett reported the third test match against South Africa will be "the last hurrah for Australia's greatest batsman since Bradman." Ponting said, "I know I've given cricket my all. It's been my life for 20 years. There is not much more that I can give.'' Ponting told Australian captain MICHAEL CLARKE and coach MICKEY ARTHUR "privately that he did not want to hang around simply to pass Waugh's mark, or to be afforded a testimonial in his native Tasmania" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/30). Also in Sydney, Peter Lalor reported Ponting and his teammates "wept at the team hotel as he told them the news, but the former Australian captain was dry-eyed and as uncompromising as ever as he announced" his retirement. Leading into this test there was talk of long discussions over Ponting's future, "but the all-time great calmed the situation by making the call himself." Ponting said, "I tried to say a lot but I didn't get much out. They'd never seen me emotional before, but I was this morning." Clarke, "clearly upset, replaced Ponting in front of the cameras and attempted to talk about the coming test." When "asked about what it would be like to lose the player who had captained him in his first test, the new skipper lost control." Clarke said, "He's been an amazing player for a long time ... and that'll do me for today" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/30).
"ONE OF THE BEST": In Sydney, Gideon Haigh reported "the only glimpse of Ponting's innermost feelings was a glad one, at the end of the press conference, when he leaned down, smiled broadly and spread his arms for his older daughter, who had been watching the ceremony quietly by her mother's side" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/30). Also in Sydney, Daniel Lane reported Ponting's former teammates gathered to hail him. Waugh "believed Ponting thrived on adversity, MARK WAUGH described him as one of the best he had played alongside," GLENN MCGRATH "paid tribute to a rare determination," JUSTIN LANGER said "he would be forever mentioned alongside Bradman and GREG CHAPPELL" while BRETT LEE likened him to a ''prize-fighter." Lee said, "Coming from that tough, working-class area of his in Tasmania he has that street-fighter mentality, he's a tough character who we saw battle through injury" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/30).