Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday. The third Test between Australia and South Africa starting Friday at the WACA, Perth, will be his last international game. Here is a timeline of important events in Ponting’s 17-year career.
Test debut: Born on December 19, 1974 at Launceton, Tasmania, Ponting made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Perth on December 8, 1995. Scored 96 as the hosts won by an innings and 36 runs. Played Muttiah Muralitharan with utmost ease.
Maiden Test ton: Came against England at Leeds in 1997. He joined Matthew Elliott with the Aussies limping at 50 for 4 and both added 268 runs to help the visitors register an innings win.
Against India in 2003-04: Was in imperious form against India throughout the series. Scored 242 in the fist Test at Adelaide, followed it up with a 257 in the next Test at Melbourne. Overall scored 706 runs in four matches at an average of 100.85. His overall record against India is also quite impressive. Scored 2555 runs over 29 Tests at 54.36 with the help of 8 tons and 12 fifties.
Rise to captaincy: Was given the captaincy reins in 2004 following Steve Waugh’s retirement. Won 48 out of 77 as captain. Quit the role after the Ashes loss in 2010.
Ashes losses: These losses have been the lowest points in his career. A 2-1 away loss came in 2005. It was first Ashes loss for Australia since 1987; another 2-1 away defeat came in 2009. However, things took turn for the worse when England beat Australia in Australia 3-1 in 2010.
Twin centuries in 100th Test: In the series against the West Indies in 2006, Ponting scored a century in each innings of the first Test in Brisbane, 149 and 104 not out.
Matches: 167; Total runs: 13366. Second highest scorer in the world behind India's Sachin Tendulkar (15562)
Centuries: 41; Third highest number of centuries behind Tendulkar (51) and South Africa's Jacques Kallis (44)
Double centuries: 6
Batting average: 52.21; Highest score: 257; Wickets: 5; Catches: 196
ODI facts: Matches: 375 (won 165 of 230 as captain)
Debut: Against South Africa at Wellington on February 15, 1995
Total runs in ODIs: 13,704; Second highest scorer behind India's Tendulkar (18426)
Centuries: 30; Second highest number of centuries behind Tendulkar (49)
Batting average: 42.03; Highest score: 164; Wickets: 3
World Cup wins: Won three 50-over World Cups as a player in 1999, 2003 and 2007; led Australia in the last two World Cup victories.