Ricky Ponting receives ‘Guard of Honour’ from South African team



Ricky Ponting receives ‘Guard of Honour’ from South African teamZeenews Sports Bureau

Australian batsman Ricky Ponting received a Guard of Honour from the South African team as he walked to the middle to take guard for his final international innings in the third and final Test at Perth on Monday.

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A sizeable crowd had gathered at the WACA on Monday in anticipation of witnessing Ponting bat one last time in international cricket and it rose to its feet as soon as Shane Watson began a long walk off the field after being caught by Graeme Smith.

Ponting was his usual self, getting ready to take guard, adjusting his gloves, sprinting towards the pitch even as all eyes around were focussed firmly on his every move.

Punter acknowledged the gesture shaking hands with Graeme Smith. AB de Villiers gave a pat on his back as he advanced towards the non-strikers’ end.

Ponting announced his retirement last Thursday in an emotional press conference saying his performance wasn’t up to the mark to continue playing cricket at international level.