Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting has retired from international cricket, a Cricket Australia tweet informs. The third Test between Australia and South Africa at the WACA, Perth, will be his last international game. The 37-year-old has represented Australia in 167 Tests and 375 ODIs.
Ponting will equal Steve Waugh's record of 168 Test appearances for Australia in the Perth match and he retires with a current Test total of 13,336 runs.
His decision comes after his poor form in the past few tests and a meeting with the selectors. Ponting informed his teammates of his decision and the entire Australia squad attended the news conference where he made his retirement public. However, he will continue to play for Tasmania state until the end of the current season.