Ricky Ponting's last stand adds spice to South Africa decider

The Perth Test will be Ricky Ponting's last. And with the No.1 Test ranking at stake, the decider against South Africa should have all the ingredients of a blockbuster.

updated: November 29, 2012 14:51 IST
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Perth: Former undisputed top dogs Australia are desperate to ensure Ricky Ponting ends his career in style by reclaiming the number one ranking from South Africa in the final Test starting on Friday.

The Australians have not been at the summit of Test cricket since 2009 but draws in the first two Tests mean they can replace the Proteas as the number one team with a win in Perth. South Africa only need a draw to retain their crown.

Ponting's announcement on Thursday that he would retire after the match, which will see him equal Steve Waugh's Australian record of 168 Tests, has added spice to an already keenly anticipated clash.

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