Ponting to retire from all forms of cricket in October

Ricky Ponting
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Former Australian Test and one-day cricket captain Ricky Ponting has announced he will retire from all forms of the game in October.

Ponting retired from international cricket after the Perth Test against South Africa last December, but continued playing with his state side Tasmania, IPL club the Mumbai Indians and Surrey in English cricket.

The 38-year-old says he will stop playing altogether after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in October.

“While I’m enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing,” he told reporters in England.

My body and mind are in great shape and I know I’m going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins.”

Ponting retires as the second highest run scorer in Test history, with 13,378 runs in 168 matches over 17 years of international cricket.

Australian captain Michael Clarke has praised his predecessor.