Former England captain Atherton hails 'great competitor' Ponting

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 07:30 hrs

Former England captain Michael Atherton hailed Ricky Ponting as a great competitor after the Australia star announced his intention to retire from international duty after the final Test match against South Africa in Perth.

Ponting, who turns 38 next month, will be playing in his 168th Test, equalling Steve Waugh's Australian record.

During the course of his 17-year career Ponting has so far scored 13 366 Test runs, including 41 hundreds at an average of 52.21, with only Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar having scored more Test runs than the Tasmanian.

Atherton, an opening batsman who played against the entire trio during his England career, said it was Ponting's attitude he would remember more than his run-tally.

"He's right up there (with the best ever), averaging more than 50, the second most Test runs and more than 40 hundreds," Sports24 quoted Atherton, as saying to a British news channel.

"But I don't think of him so much in a statistical way. He was just a great competitor for Australia," he added. (ANI)

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