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Ponting determined to bounce back


Ponting inconsolable after defeat

Ricky Ponting is expecting his captaincy of the Australian team to come under scrutiny after losing the Ashes but wants to remain in charge.

Ponting's team lost the final Test at The Oval on Sunday to suffer a 2-1 series defeat.

And he said: "No doubt I will have a few questions to answer when I get back but that is all part of being captain.

"Losing here is very disappointing but it makes me all the more determined to win the Ashes back in 2010-11."

Ponting was in charge in 2005 when Australia also lost 2-1 in England, but his side won the Ashes back with a 5-0 victory on home soil.

His team won the fourth Test of the 2009 series at Headingley to level at 1-1 and a draw for Australia at The Oval would have seen them retain the Ashes.

But Ponting's team were dismissed for 160 in their first innings of the final Test and eventually lost by 197 runs.

"I take responsibility and I hope we redeem ourselves in the one-dayers," added Ponting, who will now return to Australia for a break and miss the start of the limited overs competition.

The final Test had been played on a very dusty track at The Oval that soon started to break up.

Australia did not select spinner Nathan Hauritz for the match - and instead had to rely on part-time bowler Marcus North, who took four wickets in England's second innings.

"In hindsight it was not the right side but I don't think anyone anticipated what would happen to the pitch," added Ponting.

"If England had known, they would have played two spinners.

"It was a poor Test match wicket. I thought it was ready to play when we arrived on Monday so we ended up starting the match on a four-day-old pitch.

"But it was the same for everyone and not the reason we lost. We didn't make enough runs in the first innings. In this series, when we've had a bad session, we've had a very bad session.


"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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Media reaction to Ashes victory
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Jonathan Agnew column
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Flintoff focused on Ashes decider
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England gamble on uncapped Trott
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Aussies win to level Ashes series
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Flintoff quits Tests after Ashes
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Australia in England 2009
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