Just seen the headlines, Ricky Ponting is to retire from international cricket.
I saw him bat a few times in Ashes matches and ODIs at Old Trafford, Headingley and Trent Bridge. Brilliant, just brilliant.
To date he has 167 Test Match caps and 13366 runs. 375 ODI caps and 13704 runs. 71 international centuries. An outstanding career for Australia. As an Englishman I have mixed emotions, pleased to see him go but very sad, international cricket is to lose one of its greatest stars.
Ricky - thank you.