Meet Ricky Ponting in Penrith tomorrow

FORMER Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is known for being a private man.

But in his new book, At the Close of Play, he bares all — including life on and off the cricket field.

Ponting will meet fans and sign copies of this autobiography at Dymocks in Westfield Penrith tomorrow, Saturday, December 14, from 10.30am.

Ponting's 699-page autobiography reveals his journey from childhood protege to the highs and lows of his international cricket career to his retirement last year.

He writes about his concerns with Michael Clarke's commitment to the team, his thoughts on the Andrew Symonds racial slurs, his decision to retire from Test cricket and the day he decided to tell his father of this decision.

Ponting also opens up about his personal life and the ups and downs he and wife Rianna have experienced.

The book was released only recently but has already received backlash from players including Clarke.

Ponting said the book was not "controversial but a balanced opinion" of his own life.

"I think the media has only looked at snippets and they hadn't had the chance to read through the entire book to see the balanced opinion," he said.

"Everyone knows already about Michael Clarke and Simon Katich and what happened. Being the Australian captain I had to lead and part of my job was talking about what was going on.

"I believe in telling the truth and if that means telling the truth to my players, teammates, my wife and fans I tell the complete truth.

"That's how I was brought up."

Ponting worked on the autobiography since retiring from test cricket last December.

He said the best part about working on the autobiography was being able to reflect on his life.

"I think I've enjoyed reflecting on my early days," he said. "When you're playing cricket you're so busy playing and travelling you don't get to look back at what you do. I really enjoyed being able to go back and reflect on my life."

■ Details: dymocks.com.au.

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