Ricky Ponting is rushed to hospital after suffering heart complications during the Australia and West Indies Test
- The Australian test great felt unwell on Friday and went to hospital for check-up
- It is understood Ricky Ponting had concerns for his heart after feeling unwell
- He was working as a Channel 7 commentator but left ground and didn’t return
Ricky Ponting has been rushed to hospital after a heart scare during the Perth test match against the West Indies.
The former Australian captain, champion batsman and television commentator left the Perth Stadium around lunchtime on day three after experiencing dizzy spells.
It is understood Ponting, who was working for Channel 7, did not return to the ground.
Cricket great Ricky Ponting has been rushed to hospital after a heart scare during the Perth test match
Ricky Ponting and his wife Rianna Jennifer Cantor at Flemington Racecourse in 2018
Ponting, 47, is believed to have voluntarily sought help as a precaution over symptoms he was experiencing.
He is understood to have told colleagues he was feeling ok as of Friday evening.
While Ponting’s issue is thought to have related to dizziness, he went to hospital for heart tests as a precaution rather than an emergency.
‘Ricky Ponting is unwell and will not be providing commentary for the remainder of today’s coverage,’ a Channel 7 spokesperson said.
It is not yet known if Ponting will be on air on Saturday.
The recent deaths of cricket greats Shane Warne, Andrew Symonds and Dean Jones are thought to have the sport’s former stars on high alert over any potential health problems.
Warne tragically died of a heart attack in Thailand in March this year, aged 52.
Another former Test player Ryan Campbell survived a cardiac arrest in April this year at age 50.
The recent deaths of cricket greats Shane Warne (pictured right), Andrew Symonds and Dean Jones are thought to have the sport’s former stars on high alert. Pictured, Ponting with Warne in 2010
Ponting was expected to play a key role inside the Channel 7 commentary team, solving friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia as the former teammates re-unite in media roles.
Ponting played 168 tests for Australia, including 77 times as captain.
He was also captain in 229 one day matches.
He is the most successful captain in international cricket history, with 220 victories in 324 matches with a winning rate of 67.91.
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