[I have changed the title of this thread, although I can't be bothered to change any other aspect of this post]
Ricky Ponting has emulated Andrew Strauss by announcing his retirement from ODIs
, thus ending a career in which he scored 13,704 runs @ 42.03 in 375 ODIs. However, he appears keen to continue playing in Test cricket.
The February 2012 issue of The Cricketer
had a feature about the relative merits of him and Sachin Tendulkar, and it pointed out statistics such as Ponting had played in more wins than any other player in Tests
(106) and ODIs
(262) and that he had spent 729 days of his career ranked top of the rankings for Test batsmen and 493 days of his career ranked top of the rankings for ODI batsmen.
I know that several cricket supporters worldwide gained enjoyment from watching Ponting, and I know that some believe him to be one of the greatest (if not the
greatest) batsmen ever, so they will be sad that he has now played his final ODI, but relieved that he will continue in Tests. It was rumoured that this would happen, as he was dropped from Australia's ODI side
despite briefly regaining the captaincy due to an injury to Michael Clarke.
Anyone wishing to analyse his career statistics can do so on CricketArchive
He says that if a county offers him a deal, then he may consider it.
It was feared that he would retire from all forms of cricket, and so I planned a post according to that scenario, but the fact he has only retired from ODIs meant I had to rejigg it a little bit, although I think this post has come out reasonably well.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/02/2012 09:38 by Jonathan Winsky.