Ponting's farewell as Aussies beaten
RICKY Ponting said he had "cherished every moment" of his 17 years in international cricket after playing his final game for Australia.
Ponting brought the curtain down on an international career which has seen the former Australia captain win three successive World Cups, two of them as captain, and regain the Ashes from England on home soil.
Despite suffering a disappointing defeat by South Africa in Perth to end his career with a 1-0 series defeat, Ponting was able to look back on plenty of success.
His 168 Tests for Australia – a record held jointly with Steve Waugh – yielded a record 48 wins while he captained the side, an impressive 41 centuries and 13,378 runs for an average of 51.85.
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"It's an honour to play one Test match for Australia so I've been lucky to play as many as I have," said Ponting.
"I've cherished every moment but it was always going to end at some stage."
The South Africa players formed a guard of honour as Ponting stepped on to the WACA pitch for a final innings which ended with a disappointing score of eight as South African went on to win by 309 runs.