Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting announced on Thursday that he will retire from all forms of cricket in October.
Ponting is calling time on a glittering career that saw him amass over 27,000 international runs and win three World Cups, two as captain.
He will see out a short-term contract with Surrey this summer before heading to the Caribbean Premier League to represent the Antigua Hawksbills.
Last year, Ponting bowed out of international cricket with South Africa before being the leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield as his Tasmania side were crowned Champions.
Before joining up with Surrey, Ponting also enjoyed success in the IPL as his Mumbai Indians side won the sixth edition of the competition. It is with the Mumbai Indians that he will make his final bow in competitive cricket, in October’s Champions League.
Upon his announcement, Ponting said in a statement: "While I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing.
“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."
Ponting bows out as one of the game’s all time greats, so here is a look at some of his finest achievements and the numbers behind his extraordinary career:
In Test Matches:
Debut: v Sri Lanka, Perth, Dec 1995
Last match: v South Africa, Perth, Dec 2012
Batting average: 51.85
Top score: 257
Debut: v South Africa, Wellington, Feb 1995
Last match: v India, Brisbane, Feb 2012
Batting average: 42.03
Top score: 164
Allan Border Medal Winner: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 (with Michael Clarke)
ICC Player of the Year: 2006, 2007
World Cup winner: 1999, 2003, 2007 (the latter two as captain)
More international and more international centuries runs than any other Australian.
Most victories as ODI captain: 215, with the highest win rate: 86%
Unbeaten in World Cups as captain
16 MoM awards in Test Cricket
Most test and ODI centuries by an Australian
Most Test runs on Australian soil
Scored 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year five times
Only batsman to score a century in both innings of his 100th Test (v South Africa in 2005)
Second most Test and ODI runs ever (both after Sachin Tendulkar)
First cricketer to be involved in 100 Test victories
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