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Ponting ends career on a high

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.

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Amla, Morkel on the rise in ICC Test Rankings

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved within four ratings points of becoming the number-one ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Test batsmen which were released on Tuesday, at the end of the series between Australia and South Africa.

Amla, who was declared man of the match in the Perth Test, has moved up two places to third position with 875 ratings points following his match-winning knock of 196 in the second innings of the series-decider.

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Cummins, Marsh to miss out on Big Bash

The KFC T20 Big Bash League Technical Committee has today approved two changes to the Perth Scorchers squad. Mitchell Marsh (hamstring) and Pat Cummins (back) are receiving treatment for injuries that rule them out of the tournament and they have been replaced by all-rounders Hilton Cartwright and Marcus Stoinis.

Cartwright, 20, is a member of the WACA Development Squad and has played three RYOBI One-Day Cup for the Warriors this season.

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ICC praises Ponting's ‘immense contribution' to cricket

David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, today praised Australia's Ricky Ponting at the end of an illustrious international career.

Ponting played in his168th and final Test match for Australia against South Africa in Perth having also appeared in 375 One Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20 Internationals for his country. Richardson, who was playing for South Africa against Australia when Ponting made his international debut in 1995, said: "His contribution to the international game has been immense and quite rightly he will be remembered as one of the true legends of the sport.

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India to kick-off 2013 Women's World Cup against West Indies

Host India will open the ICC Women's World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai next year, where the India men's team won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 last April, against the West Indies on 31 January 2013.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today released the schedule and format of the ICC Women's World Cup India 2013, to be held in Mumbai from 31 January to 17 February 2013, and holder England will begin its trophy defence also at Wankhede Stadium - against Sri Lanka on 2 February.

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Proteas make history with 309-run victory at Perth

South Africa completed an emphatic victory by 309 runs on the fourth day of the deciding Test against Australia at the WACA ground on Monday to win the series 1-0 and open up a six-point lead at the top of the ICC Test rankings.

Resuming at 40 without loss in pursuit of a huge 632 for the most unlikely of victories, the home side were dismissed for 322 an hour before the scheduled close of play when Dale Steyn had last man Nathan Lyon caught at slip by Graeme Smith.

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South Africa retains number-one Test position

South Africa has retained its status as the number-one ranked team on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table following its 309 runs victory over Australia in the third and final Test in Perth that has given it a 1-0 series win. South Africa's series victory means that it is the clear leader at the top of the table, leading second-ranked England by six ratings points. Australia is still in third position but has dropped to 114 after conceding three ratings points.

However, Australia will move ahead of England if India wins the remaining two Tests in Kolkata and Nagpur. If India does win the next two Tests, it will win the series 3-1 and also jump ahead of England, by 0.01 point. If India wins the series 3-1, then it will have 111.59 ratings points while England will have 111.58.

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