Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is thought to be on the verge of announcing his retirement from international cricket after calling a news conference for Tuesday morning.
are suggesting this is the first steps towards his retirement.
The 37-year-old was omitted from the Australian squad for their upcoming Commonwealth Bank Series matches against Sri Lanka on Friday and India on Sunday following a recent run of poor form.
Ponting has made just 18 runs in his last five innings and after being dropped from the squad, it now looks as if he could be about to call time on his international career.
The Tasmanian has captained his country for the best part of the last decade but stepped down from the position in 2011 following his side’s disappointing World Cup campaign in the same year and was succeeded by his deputy Michael Clarke.
During his career he has been described as one of the most elegant and stylish batsmen in the game as well as being praised for his leadership qualities, both on and off the pitch.
Chief selector John Inverarity has hinted that this latest omission could spell the end for Ponting as the selection committee look to build a squad for the Ashes series in 2013.
However, he says that his achievements throughout his career should not be overlooked and believes he’ll be remember as one of the greats of Australian cricket.
"Ricky's record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories” Inverarity said on Monday.
"He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this."
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