Perth, Dec 3: Ricky Ponting's journey as an international player ended here on Monday with the batsman scoring just eight runs in his final innings, against South Africa in the third Test at the WACA Ground.
It was not a fairytale ending for the 168-Test veteran but the most touching and abiding moment was when South African players gave him a guard of honour by the pitch-side when Ponting walk into bat.
As Ponting walked to the crease, the Proteas players lined up on either side and the Australia shook hands with captain Graeme Smith and thanked him for that wonderful gesture.
The crowd stood up and applauded the champion cricketer. Ponting just survived 23 balls and walked waved his bat towards all parts of the WACA before exiting into the change rooms.
As he was leaving the field, each and every South African player congratulated him.
One of the modern day greats, Ponting was caught by another great, Jacques Kallis at first slip off Robin Peterson's bowling.
The 37-year-old batsman had made just four in the first innings. He was dismissed LBW by Vernon Philander.
Ponting is now equal with former captain Steve Waugh as the most capped Test player of Australia with 168. Ponting finished with 13,378 runs (most runs by an Australian) with 41 hundreds and 62 half centuries.
The man from Tasmania, had started his career at the same venue in 1995 against Sri Lanka. He had scored 96 in his first innings as a Test player.
Ponting ended with a record 108 Test wins and it is likely to stand for a very long time. He played 375 One Day Internationals scoring 13,704 runs. He was part of three World Cup wins, leading the team in two editions (2003 and 2007).