Ricky Ponting continues to believe Australia will win the Ashes 2-1. In an interview to the London Evening Standard, the former Australia captain said Michael Clarke's team had a lot of hard work to do after a close 14-run defeat to England at Trent Bridge but things were still on track.
"It is a Test match lost but for the Aussies it will reinforce them to think just how close they are and maybe there's not that big a gulf between the teams," said Ponting. "If they can take that away from the first Test, it will do them good at Lord's this week."
While speaking about the threat from Kevin Pietersen, Ponting said the star England batsman's record was not "head and shoulders above" Clarke's.