Ponting to call curtains on illustrious career following Perth Test

Sydney, Nov 29(ANI): Veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting is set to announce retirement from international cricket after the final Test match against world number South Africa in Perth, ending one of the most distinguished cricketing careers of all time.

According to News.com.au, the former Test skipper has often spoken of his desire to return to England next year for the Ashes but is understood to have reconsidered after failing in both innings in Adelaide.

While Ponting dominated Sheffield Shield cricket before the recent Test series, Ponting's struggles against the Proteas attack heaped more pressure on the 37-year-old, the paper said

Ponting will hold a press conference at the WACA to announce his decision on Thursday, the paper reported.

The Tasmanian has compiled an astonishing record, scoring 13,366 Test runs at an average of 52.21.

Ponting led Australia to unprecedented success in Tests and one-dayers during his tenure as captain but repeated Ashes failures led to Michael Clarke taking over.

Ponting was dropped from the one-day team but has remained in the Test side as a specialist batsman with disappointing results. (ANI)