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Ponting's autobiography will hit shelves next year

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RICKY Ponting, 37, who made his final Test appearance this week, is one of the greatest cricketers to have worn the baggy green. 

And in November next year everyone will be able to read his end-of-career autobiography.

Ponting has been an author since 2003 and his autobiography will be his biggest project yet. 

It will track, with his customary honesty, the journey from his childhood in Tasmania, playing for the Mowbray Cricket Club's third-grade side at 11 years old, through the highs and lows of his extraordinary international career to his retirement and future plans.

He became Test captain of Australia in 2004 and remained in the post until handing the job to Michael Clarke in 2011.

He is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time in Tests and one-day international cricket, behind only India's Sachin Tendulkar among batsmen from all countries. 

No Australian cricketer can match his Test hundreds record and his Test average (51.85) is third best among all Australian batsmen with 20 or more innings (behind only Don Bradman and Greg Chappell).

Bradman is the only Australian to score more Test double centuries.

Noting all of these great achievements, it is sure to be a great read.

"Ricky Ponting's autobiography will head straight to the top of the bestseller lists next Christmas," HarperCollins Publishing Director, Shona Martyn said.

"Australian readers love cricket, love heroes and love strong sporting autobiographies - this book will deliver all three,' she said.

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