Players like Ponting are special cases: Viv Richards
West Indies batting legend Viv Richards believes Ricky Ponting deserves to control the timing of his exit from Test cricket, saying the former Aussie skippper needs to be paid the proper respect.
The 37-year-old batsman, Ponting sparked a fresh bout of speculation over his playing future after being dismissed for a duck yesterday in Australia's first innings of the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane.
Richards said champion players like Ponting, who is Test cricket's second-leading run-scorer, are special cases.
"You should give him the benefit of the doubt, for him to bow out when he likes because I think he deserves that," Richards was quoted as saying by 'AAP'.
"When you have guys who have done so well, it's important you enjoy them for a long time and when they go, appreciate that also."