Ricky Ponting is backing his Australia side to regain the Ashes in style – with a thumping 5-0 series win.
The 35-year-old captained Australia to a 5-0 victory over England the last time the Ashes were held Down Under in 2006/07.
England regained the urn on home soil last year, but Ponting believes that Australia have improved vastly since that 2-1 series loss and he is confident they can achieve another whitewash this winter.
“It’s absolutely possible. There’s no reason why not. It’s all in our hands. It’s how well we play and how well we take charge of different situations,” said Ponting, when asked if he thought his side could pull off a clean sweep.
“We’ve learnt from a lot of the mistakes that we’ve made. There’s no doubt we made some mistakes in the last Ashes series in England that probably at the end of the day cost us the series.
“We know now that we’re a more experienced and probably a better team now than we were then. We put that together plus we’re playing in our conditions, we hope to win this series and win it well.
“I’ve got confidence in the squad of players that we’ve got – that they are going to be good enough to win an Ashes series.”