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
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.
Name: Ricky Thomas Ponting
Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium
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.