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Tasmania to honour home hero in Hobart

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 3:04am
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Newly retired Ricky Ponting would receive a tribute during next week's opening test against Sri Lanka, Cricket Tasmania said yesterday.

The former Australian skipper played his final and 168th test match against South Africa in Perth this week after a string of low scores in the three-test series against the Proteas.

His home state association said Ponting would do a lap of honour around Bellerive Oval during the lunch break on the opening day of the Hobart test next Friday.

Ponting has confirmed his retirement from international cricket but would still be available to play for the Hobart Hurricanes and the Tasmanian Tigers this season.

"Ricky has been the greatest batsman to play for Australia behind Don Bradman and that is an absolutely fantastic achievement," Cricket Tasmania chairman Tony Harrison said.

"A tribute to his career at the home of Tasmanian cricket is something that we were always hoping to confirm."