Botham praised Ponting for making the tough decision
Legendary England captain Sir Ian Botham has announced that whether they want to admit it or not, the entire cricketing world will miss not being able to see former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting in action ever again.
Ponting had decided to retire prior to the start of the third Test against South Africa in Perth due to his poor form over the past number of series.
“Ricky Ponting is a magnificent cricketer,” Botham wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror. “Hard, tough, uncompromising on the field and a top bloke off it. And from a difficult start as a kid in the game, he has gone on to be one of the most respected figures in it and that will stay with him forever.
“Now that he has decided to call it a day, the game has simply lost the entertainment provided by another legend. He will be a little disappointed that he couldn’t keep going to get one more tilt at the Ashes under his belt, but he has been around long enough to know when the time is right.”
Botham stated that he fully supported Ponting’s decision to retire and applauded him for not trying to continue on just for the sake of it.
“I think his decision is absolutely spot on because he’s left the public wanting more, and you could tell by the emotion from his skipper Michael Clarke that the Aussie dressing room wanted more too,” Botham added. “The rest of his life will stretch out in front of him now and I’m sure, along with time spent with the family, the golf courses of the world will get a bit of a hammering.”