Australia's Ricky Ponting called time Thursday on a 17-year Test career that made him the world's second-highest run scorer, announcing this week's clash with South Africa will be his last.
“I know I have given cricket my all, it's been my life for 20 years. There's not much more I could give," he said at a hastily-called press conference at the WACA ground in Perth ahead of Friday's match.
Ponting, who turns 38 next month, has failed in three innings against the Proteas during draws in Brisbane and Adelaide and pressure has been building on the veteran ahead of the crucial series decider.
He will continue to play for Tasmania in the domestic competition this summer.
Perth will be a fitting place for Ponting to end a remarkable international career: it is where he debuted against Sri Lanka in 1995.