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PERTH, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Reactions to Australian batsman Ricky Ponting's announcement on Thursday that he will be retiring from test cricket after this week's match against South Africa:
"I am sure even in a parliament ruled with the sort of lack of civility of the opposition ... we could spend one moment celebrating what has been a great cricketing career.
"He is going to go into the next phase of his life with a lot of gratitude and a lot of thanks from the Australian community - full as it is with cricket tragics."
"I've played a lot against Ricky and he's certainly the most competitive man I've played against.
"I think the way he played the game and intensity with which he played the game is a credit to him. I think he's always represented Australia with a lot of dignity and a lot of skill."
"Ricky u will go down as one of the greats!
"I batted with Ricky once at the MCG, what a great experience that was, 4 such a great cause Tsunami victims. Enjoy ur family, your new team."
"Ricky has ... been single-minded in his view that everything, including his own ambition, must always be second place after whatever was best for the team."
"Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter...Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you !!!"
"Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team #RickyPonting #Legend"
"Australian cricket has lost it's best since Bradman today. Ricky Ponting is a true legend and should be held in the highest regard."
"The best batsman I had the privilege to play against ... Ricky Ponting... #Punter played better against me than Sachin did.. Both incredible but if I had to pick one it would be Ricky..."
"Ricky Ponting RETIRES.... ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing AUS, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter!"
"You have to take your hat off to Ricky Ponting calling time on a magnificent career. Hell of a player."
"Huge respect for how Ponting played the game. Tough competitor Aussies will miss him. 100 at Perth to finish?"
"Ricky Ponting - a great driver & a great puller ! That's one thing that really stood out for me. Enriched the game by his feats."
"Ricky Ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow #legend #respect". (Compiled by Nick Mulvenney and Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)