Perth, Nov 30: Australia skipper Michael Clarke has expressed his disappointment over Ricky Ponting's retirement and said players are hury due to the former Australia skipper's decision to quit Test cricket.
Clarke, who accompanied Ricky Ponting to the press conference at Perth, ahead of the team's Perth Test against South Africa, said that he had not expected the Australian great to announce his retirement in the near future.
"I didn't have a feeling it was coming," Clarke was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.
Clarke also added that the former Aussie captain had discussed the same with him after the Adelaide Test, and added that players have been hurt due to Ponting's sudden decision to call it a day.
"Ricky spoke to me after the Adelaide Test match . . . he'd made his decision over the last little while, the last few days. The boys are obviously hurting at the moment. He's been an amazing player for a long time," he added.
Ponting, stated his performance as reason for calling it a day.
"My passion and love for the game hasn't changed but at the end of the day (the decision) was based on my results," admitted Ponting.
"In this series so far they have not been up to the level required of batsmen and players in the Australian team.
"I'm glad I have got the opportunity to finish on my terms," said Ponting during a press-conference at Perth on Thursday.
Ricky Ponting, who has represented Australia in 167 Tests excluding Perth Test, has scored 13,336 runs at an average of 52.21 which includes 41 hundreds and 62 fifties during the 17 year old career.