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. The 47-year-old is believed to have voluntarily sought help as a precaution over symptoms he was experiencing. ‘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.

He is understood to have told colleagues he was feeling OK as of Friday evening. While Ponting’s issue is thought to have been related to dizziness, he went to hospital for heart tests as a precaution rather than an emergency. 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.

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.

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. It is understood Ponting, who was working for Channel 7, did not return to the Perth Stadium after experiencing dizziness on Friday around lunchtime

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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