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    Ricky Ponting's career in pictures

    • The last few weeks haven't been fruitful for Ponting. Here the South African team celebrates his dismissal by Jacques Kallis during the second Test at Adelaide that culminated last week. (Getty Images)

    • On November 29, 2012, Ponting announced his Test retirement at a press conference. The third Test against South Africa at the WACA starting Friday will be his last international game. (Getty Images)

    • Before retiring from the 50-overs format earlier this year, he led the Aussies to two World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007. Here he is slamming Indian bowlers on his way to 140* in the 2003 final. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting celebrates with his team-mates the 2007 World Cup final win over Sri Lanka in the West Indies. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting slammed 164 in the fifth ODI against South Africa at the Wanderers in early 2006. Australia posted 434 for 4, but still they couldn't defend it. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting raises his bat to the Melbourne crowd after scoring a 105 against South Africa in December 1997. It was Ponting's first Test ton in Australia. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting piled up big runs during the 2003-04 Test series against India. Here he blows a kiss to his wife Rinna after completing a double ton at Adelaide. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting celebrates another double ton in the second Test of the series at Melbourne. He followed up his 242 in Adelaide with a 257 in the Boxing Day encounter. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting holding a press conference in 2004 where he took over from Steve Waugh as Australia captain. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting lost the 2005 Ashes series being at the helm, one of the lowest points in his career. However, he scored a valiant 156 in the third Test at Manchester to fetch the Aussies an unlikely draw. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting posing with his trophies for Player and Test Player of the Year in November 2006 in Mumbai. (Getty Images)

    • Ponting during his maiden Test ton against England at Leeds in 1997. He joined Matthew Elliott with the Aussies limping at 50 for 4 and both added 268 runs to help the visitors register an innings win. (Getty Images)