Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced his intention to retire from professional cricket after completion of the T20 Champions League in October, and has ended any hopes he may return for the Ashes.

The 38-year-old is currently playing for Surrey until the end of the English summer, and there had been calls for the Australia legend to end his international retirement for one final Ashes jaunt.

Ponting, however, has extinguished any dreams of facing England this summer, and has confirmed that he will never play competitive cricket for - or in - his country again, and will lower the curtain on his playing days later this year.

"While I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing," he told reporters.

"My body and mind are in great shape and I know I'm going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins."

He added: "To win the Sheffield Shield with Tasmania in my last game in Australia, played at Blundstone Arena, will forever be a memory close to my heart.

"It's one of a lifetime of memories that will become even more special to me in retirement.

"I'm so grateful for the opportunities that the game of cricket has given to me."

Ponting ends his career as the second highest scorer in the history of Test cricket, having hit 13,378 runs in 168 matches over a 17 year international career, during which time he recorded 41 centuries.

His final team will be the Mumbai Indians, who he represented in the IPL, and Ponting is set to open the batting in the CLT20 with the only player in Test cricket to exceed his achievements - Sachin Tendulkar.

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