Ricky Ponting was out for 8 in his last Test innings today. What was his final career batting average in Test cricket?
#128169. Asked by looney_tunes. (Dec 03 12 12:55 AM)
He retired with a test average of 51.85 runs.|
Ricky Ponting's Test career comes to an end after dismissal in third Test against South Africa
By Antony Pinshaw
From: FOX SPORTS
3rd December 2012
It was a sad way for such a storied international career to come to an end, especially given the circumstances of the game, with Ponting's dismissal leaving Australia struggling at 3-102 as they embark on their chase of a massive 632 for victory.
Ponting was given a guard of honour by the Proteas players as he walked in to bat, and he paused briefly to shake hands with long-time rival Graeme Smith. The 37-year-old Tasmanian played one signature pull shot and a classic on-drive before he was dismissed by Peterson, and then embarked on the long walk back to the pavilion for the last time in Test cricket. Every South African player shook his hand as he was walking off, and the Perth crowd rose as one to give him a standing ovation.
Ponting even allowed himself a small indulgence on his farewell when he stopped near the boundary, took his helmet off, turned around and saluted the cheering crowd, which featured his emotional wife Rianna and parents Greame and Lorraine.
The former Australia captain ends his career as the country's equal-most capped Test player, level with the last man to prompt such an outpouring of emotion on his retirement - Steve Waugh. Despite a poor run of form over the past 18 months, save for a golden summer against India in 2011-2012, Ponting still finishes his career with statistics most Test batsmen can only dream of, with 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85 in Test cricket. "In a way, cricket's cruelty had completed its circle," veteran cricket writer Peter Lalor wrote in The Australian.
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