"It's fair to say I've had a few disappointing times at The Oval. So it's probably not my favourite ground as far as memories are concerned - drawing in 2005 to lose the series and now this."
Australia were set a world record 546 to win in their four innings after England declared on 373-9 in their second innings but gave themselves hope after reaching 80-0 without loss at stumps on day three.
The visiting team lost opening duo Simon Katich and Shane Watson early on day four but Michael Hussey and Ponting were looking in control until the skipper was brilliantly run out by a direct throw from Andrew Flintoff having reached 66.
Michael Clarke, Australia's man of the series, was run out a few minutes later without scoring.
Ponting said: "I wasn't expecting too many short singles in a run chase like that."
Stuart Broad was named man of the match in the final Test after claiming 5-37 in Australia's first innings.
"Broady's last couple of games have been pretty impressive. He also stood up when his place in the team was in jeopardy," said Australia's captain.
Clarke, who hit two centuries and averaged 64.00 in the five Tests said: "It probably topped the series off, both Ricky and me getting run out.
"We're both pretty disappointed. It's the greatest learning curve about this game - as soon as you feel you're doing okay it gets up and smacks you on the backside. That's the game. We've got to get up for the one-dayers now."
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