Ricky Ponting: A career

As the career of one of Australia's cricketing greats draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the best moment's of Ricky Ponting's time on and off the pitch.

Ponting leaves the field after being bowled by Dale Steyn of South Africa during day three of the Second Test Match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 24, 2012 in Adelaide. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ponting leaves the field after being bowled by Dale Steyn of South Africa during day three of the Second Test Match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 24, 2012 in Adelaide. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ponting, centre, celebrates a win over India in 1999. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Ponting, centre, celebrates a win over India in 1999. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting at training in November 1999.

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting at training in November 1999.

In action against Pakistan in 1999.

In action against Pakistan in 1999.

Ricky Ponting (2nd L) celebrates with team-mates Steve Waugh (L) and Justin Langer (R) after they took the wicket of Abdur Razzaq for two runs on the first ball of the fifth days play in the first test in Brisbane in November 1999. Photo: REUTERS

Ricky Ponting (2nd L) celebrates with team-mates Steve Waugh (L) and Justin Langer (R) after they took the wicket of Abdur Razzaq for two runs on the first ball of the fifth days play in the first test in Brisbane in November 1999. Photo: REUTERS

Ponting takes a spin around Harold Park. Photo: JULIAN ANDREWS

Ponting takes a spin around Harold Park. Photo: JULIAN ANDREWS

Photo: CLIVE MASON/ALLSPORT

Photo: CLIVE MASON/ALLSPORT

Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting celebrate a win in the Australia v England one-day Test in 1999. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting celebrate a win in the Australia v England one-day Test in 1999. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting celebrate a win in the Australia v England one-day Test in 1999. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting celebrate a win in the Australia v England one-day Test in 1999. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Ricky Ponting waits in Calcutta for news during a dispute with India.

Ricky Ponting waits in Calcutta for news during a dispute with India.

The Australian cricket team celebrate in their dressing room following their victory over the West Indies in the 1995 test series. Photo: REUTERS

The Australian cricket team celebrate in their dressing room following their victory over the West Indies in the 1995 test series. Photo: REUTERS

Ricky Ponting throws the ball into the air as he catches Yousuf Youhana off Shane Warne. Photo: RAY KENNEDY

Ricky Ponting throws the ball into the air as he catches Yousuf Youhana off Shane Warne. Photo: RAY KENNEDY

Photo: STEVE CHRISTO

Photo: STEVE CHRISTO

Ricky Ponting celebrates reaching his century during the first day of the second test against India at the Adelaide Oval December 12, 2003. Photo: REUTERS

Ricky Ponting celebrates reaching his century during the first day of the second test against India at the Adelaide Oval December 12, 2003. Photo: REUTERS

Photo: ANDY ZAKELI

Photo: ANDY ZAKELI

First Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2004. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

First Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2004. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting with the Player of the Series trophy and the Tournament Trophy after the One Day International between Sri Lanka and Australia played at Singhalese Sports Club on February 29, 2004. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting with the Player of the Series trophy and the Tournament Trophy after the One Day International between Sri Lanka and Australia played at Singhalese Sports Club on February 29, 2004. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ponting leads the team after victory in the fourth test against India in 2004. Photo: STEVE CHRISTO

Ponting leads the team after victory in the fourth test against India in 2004. Photo: STEVE CHRISTO

Ponting leads the team after victory in the fourth test against India in 2004. Photo: STEVE CHRISTO

Ponting leads the team after victory in the fourth test against India in 2004. Photo: STEVE CHRISTO

Boxing day test at the MCG Australia v England. Photo: JOE ARMAO

Boxing day test at the MCG Australia v England. Photo: JOE ARMAO

Ricky Ponting is accosted by his daughter Emmy before facing the press at Sydney Airport. Photo: LEE BESFORD

Ricky Ponting is accosted by his daughter Emmy before facing the press at Sydney Airport. Photo: LEE BESFORD

Ricky Ponting hands out cricket balls to members of the crowd after day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2010. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ricky Ponting hands out cricket balls to members of the crowd after day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2010. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Australia prepare for Boxing Day Test against England at the MCG. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Australia prepare for Boxing Day Test against England at the MCG. Photo: VINCE CALIGIURI

Ricky Ponting looks on after England's win on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes cricket test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground December 29, 2010. Photo: REUTERS

Ricky Ponting looks on after England's win on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes cricket test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground December 29, 2010. Photo: REUTERS

Ricky Ponting poses during an Australian cricket player portrait session at the Hyatt Regency on July 24, 2011 in Coolum, Australia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ricky Ponting poses during an Australian cricket player portrait session at the Hyatt Regency on July 24, 2011 in Coolum, Australia. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ponting plays a shot during the first day of the fourth test cricket match against India in Adelaide January 24, 2012. Photo: REUTERS

Ponting plays a shot during the first day of the fourth test cricket match against India in Adelaide January 24, 2012. Photo: REUTERS

Ponting commits to continue playing cricket at a press conference in February 2012. Photo: SIMON ALEKNA

Ponting commits to continue playing cricket at a press conference in February 2012. Photo: SIMON ALEKNA