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Ricky Ponting - The last innings

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Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the WACA in Perth at the start of his second innings during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against South Africa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the WACA in Perth at the start of his second innings during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against South Africa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the WACA in Perth at the start of his second innings during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against South Africa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the WACA in Perth at the start of his second innings during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against South Africa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting hits a boundary off a ball from South Africa's Morne Morkel at the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting hits a boundary off a ball from South Africa's Morne Morkel at the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting (R) knicks the ball to be out caught by South Africa's Jacques Kallis (L) at the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting (R) knicks the ball to be out caught by South Africa's Jacques Kallis (L) at the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting (L) looks back after being caught out by South Africa's Jacques Kallis (R) at the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting (L) looks back after being caught out by South Africa's Jacques Kallis (R) at the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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South Africa's Robin Peterson (3rd R), captain Graeme Smith (2nd R) and Hashim Amla (R) congratulate Australia's Ricky Ponting (L) as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

South Africa's Robin Peterson (3rd R), captain Graeme Smith (2nd R) and Hashim Amla (R) congratulate Australia's Ricky Ponting (L) as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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South Africa's Faf du Plessis (C) congratulates Australia's Ricky Ponting (L) as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

South Africa's Faf du Plessis (C) congratulates Australia's Ricky Ponting (L) as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting acknowledges spectators as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against Australia December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting acknowledges spectators as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against Australia December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting acknowledges spectators as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against Australia December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting acknowledges spectators as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against Australia December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting (C) acknowledges spectators as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against Australia December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting (C) acknowledges spectators as he leaves the WACA in Perth during the fourth day's play of the third cricket test match against Australia December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting (2nd R) poses with his wife Rianna and daughters Emmy (L) and Matisse (R) at the WACA in Perth after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting (2nd R) poses with his wife Rianna and daughters Emmy (L) and Matisse (R) at the WACA in Perth after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting (2nd R) poses with his wife Rianna and daughters Emmy (L) and Matisse (R) at the WACA in Perth after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting (2nd R) poses with his wife Rianna and daughters Emmy (L) and Matisse (R) at the WACA in Perth after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting (2nd L) poses with his wife Rianna and daughters Emmy (centre R) and Matisse (L) at the WACA in Perth after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting (2nd L) poses with his wife Rianna and daughters Emmy (centre R) and Matisse (L) at the WACA in Perth after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting is carried off the WACA in Perth by team mates David Warner (L) and captain Michael Clarke after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting is carried off the WACA in Perth by team mates David Warner (L) and captain Michael Clarke after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

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Australia's Ricky Ponting is carried off the WACA in Perth by team mates David Warner (L) and captain Michael Clarke after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

Australia's Ricky Ponting is carried off the WACA in Perth by team mates David Warner (L) and captain Michael Clarke after the third test cricket match December 3, 2012. Ponting, the 37-year-old former Australia captain, celebrated the end of his test career on Monday with his 168th match. REUTERS/Stringer

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