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Ponting ends career on a high

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Australia batsman Ricky Ponting has ended his Test career in 26th position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen. Ponting achieved the number-one ranking for the first time in his career in December 2003 when he stroked 257 against India in the Boxing Day Test which helped Australia win the Test by nine wickets and the four-Test series 2-0.

The 37-year-old achieved his career-best rating of 942 in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide in December 2006 when he scored 142 and 49 in Australia’s six wickets victory. This rating put him third alongside Jack Hobbs and behind Sir Don Bradman (961) and Len Hutton (945) on the all-time list of Test-best ratings.

Ponting also ended his ODI career in 39th position in the Reliance ICC ODI batting rankings. Ponting first topped the ODI rankings on 18 May 2003 when he scored 57 against the West Indies in the second ODI at Sabina Park, Jamaica.