Factfile on Australia's Ricky Ponting who announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday ahead of the coming series decider against South Africa in Perth.
Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting (L) signs autographs for fans as members of the Indian and Australian teams meet the public at an event in Melbourne. AFP Photo/William West
Name: Ricky Thomas Ponting
Right-hand batsman, right-arm
Date of birth: December 19, 1974 (Age 37)
Major teams: Australia, Tasmania, Somerset
Test debut: vs Sri Lanka, Perth, December 8, 1995
ODI debut : vs South Africa, Wellington, February 15, 1995
T20 debut : vs New Zealand, Auckland, February 17, 2005
Matches 167, Runs 13,366, Highest 257, Average 52.21, Strike-rate 58.74, Centuries 41
Matches 375, Runs 13,704, Highest 164, Average 42.03, Strike-rate 80.39, Centuries 30
Matches 23, Runs 477, Highest 98 not out, Average 23.85, Strike-rate 121.06.