Ricky Ponting disappointed to end career with Australia defeat
Ricky Ponting admitted he was disappointed to end his Test career on a low note as Australia lost against South Africa.
Last Updated: 03/12/12 4:38pm
Ponting could only make eight runs in his final innings as South Africa clinched a 1-0 victory in the series with a 309-run success.
The 37-year-old was given a guard of honour by Graeme Smith's Proteas side as he walked to the crease to bring down the curtain on his 168-Test career.
Ponting's final 39-minute, 23-ball innings, left him with 13,378 Test match runs - he is the second-most prolific batsman of all time behind Sachin Tendulkar - at an average of 51.85.
He made 41 Test centuries with a highest score of 257 and holds the world record of 48 Test wins as captain.
"It was not the way I wanted to finish with that performance and that result," said Ponting.
"I have tried to stay away from watching and listening to everything about my retirement this week. It's not unfolded the way I would have liked."
On the guard of honour he added: "I was a little bit embarrassed and wish it didn't happen that way, but it was an amazing gesture by Graeme and the South African team.
"It's an honour to play one Test match for Australia so I've been lucky to
play as many as I have.
"I have and cherished every moment, it was always going to end at some stage I guess.
"There are so many highlights I guess through 168 Tests. Your debuts are always special, Ashes series are always special, any time we've played against South Africa in my time has been a special series."