Ricky Pointing has finally retired from test cricket after playing his final game in the match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA in Perth.

Pointing scored just eight runs and left the field to a standing ovation during a career which spanned 17 years.

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  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia acknowledges the crowd after he was dimissed playing his last international match during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia shakes hands with Robin Peterson and Graeme Smith of South Africa after he was dimissed playing his last international match during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Robin Peterson of South Africa celebrates the dismissal of Ricky Ponting of Australia during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia shakes hands with Hashim Amla, Robin Peterson and Graeme Smith of South Africa after he was dimissed playing his last international match during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: South African players celebrate the dismissal of Ricky Ponting of Australia during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Jacques Kallis of South Africa shakes hands with Ricky Ponting of Australia after being dismissed during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia poses with his daughters Emmy (L), Matisse and wife Rianna Ponting following playing his last test match for Australia on day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia talks to his daughter Matisse (R) with his wife Rianna Ponting and daughter Emmy (L) following playing his last test match for Australia on day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia holds his daughter Emmy Ponting following playing his last test match for Australia during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia conducts a television interview after day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia conducts a television interview after day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia is chaired from the ground by David Warner and Michael Clarke after retiring from International cricket during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia poses with his daughters Emmy (L), Matisse and wife Rianna Ponting following playing his last test match for Australia on day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: South African captain Graeme Smith shakes hands with Ricky Ponting of Australia following South Africa's victory in the series during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: David Warner and Michael Clarke of Australia prepare Ricky Ponting to be chaired from the ground after retiring from International cricket during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia shakes hands with Graeme Smith of South Africa after South Africa defeated Australia on day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's Ricky Ponting holds daughter Matisse (L), as his wife Riannna holds daughter Emmy (R), following the third Test match between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia is chaired from the ground by David Warner and Michael Clarke after retiring from International cricket during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia is chaired from the ground by David Warner and Michael Clarke after retiring from International cricket during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia looks on during the presentations after South Africa defeated Australia on day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia shakes hands with Graeme Smith of South Africa after South Africa defeated Australia on day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's batsman Ricky Ponting (L) shakes hands with South Africa's Dale Steyn (R) as he leaves the field after being dismissed for 8 runs while batting in his final Test cricket innings on day four of the third cricket Test between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's Ricky Ponting (C) stands with teammates following the third Test match between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia shakes hands with South African captain Graeme Smith after being dismissed by Robin Peterson of South Africa in his last test innings during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Robin Peterson of South Africa celebrates dismissing Ricky Ponting of Australia during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia walks off the pitch in his last innings for Australia after being dimissed by Robin Peterson of South Africa during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia walks off the pitch in his last innings for Australia after being dimissed by Robin Peterson of South Africa during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's batsman Ricky Ponting (C) shakes hands with South Africa's Jacques Kallis (R) as he leaves the field after being dismissed for 8 runs while batting in his final Test cricket innings on day four of the third cricket Test between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia looks on with team mates after playing his last International cricket match during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia walks through a South African player guard of honour as he heads onto the field to bat during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's batsman Ricky Ponting (C) leaves the field after being dismissed for 8 runs while batting in his final Test cricket innings on day four of the third cricket Test between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's batsman Ricky Ponting leaves the field after being dismissed for 8 runs while batting in his final Test cricket innings on day four of the third cricket Test between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CRICKET-AUS-RSA

    Australia's batsman Ricky Ponting leaves the field after being dismissed for 8 runs while batting in his final Test cricket innings on day four of the third cricket Test between South Africa and Australia at the WACA ground in Perth on December 3, 2012. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia carries his daughter Emmy as he farewells the crowd after playing his last match for Australia after day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia is greeted by his daughter Emmy after day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia bats in his last test innings during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia bats in his last test innings during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia is greeted by his daughter Emmy after day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia is greeted by his daughter Emmy after day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ed Cowan of Australia talks to team mate Ricky Ponting of Australia as he arrives at the crease for his last test innings during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ricky Ponting of Australia farewells the spectators during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Vernon Philander

    South Africa's Vernon Philander celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Ricky Ponting on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting

    Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the field on day two of the third cricket test match against South Africa in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs off a delivery from South Africa's Vernon Philander.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting

    Australia's Ricky Ponting walks off the field after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting Vernon Philander

    Australia's Ricky Ponting walks off the field after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting

    Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the field on day two of the third cricket test match against South Africa in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs off a delivery from South Africa's Vernon Philander.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting Vernon Philander

    Australia's Ricky Ponting walks off the field after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting Vernon Philander

    Australia's Ricky Ponting runs onto the field on day two of the third cricket test match against South Africa in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs off a delivery from South Africa's Vernon Philander.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Ricky Ponting Vernon Philander

    Australia's Ricky Ponting walks off the field after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four runs.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Vernon Philander Ricky Ponting

    South Africa's Vernon Philander appeals for the wicket of the wicket of Australia's Ricky Ponting on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Vernon Philander Ricky Ponting

    South Africa's Vernon Philander appeals for the wicket of the wicket of Australia's Ricky Ponting on day two of the third cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ponting was given LBW for four.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)