Ricky Ponting's 17-year career comes to an end with a whimper
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Ponting did not hang around at the crease after his 40-minute knock but was mobbed by South African players wanting to shake his hand as he walked from the field.
He looked back only once, doffing his helmet and raising both arms to bask one last time in the applause of his compatriots.
The statistics which will now forever be appended to his name in the history books are 13,378 runs at 51.
85, an average brought down by the two years of patchy form that ultimately convinced him it was time to call time on his career.
The most successful captain in the history of the game, Ponting will be remembered as an arch-competitor who ranks behind only Donald Bradman in the pantheon of Australian batsmen.
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