McGrath, leg-spin abundant Shane Warne and opener Justin Langer all retired from Test candid afterward Australia's 10-wicket thrashing of England in Sydney in 2007, a achievement which closed alone the additional blanch in an Ashes alternation in 125 years.
However, Australia alone their anchor on the six-inch urn in England aftermost year back Andrew Strauss's aggregation exhausted the tourists by 197 runs at The Oval, capping a memorable 2-1 alternation victory.But back that defeat in south London, Australia accept won eight Tests in 10 matches, accident alone once.
"We apperceive now that we're a added accomplished and apparently a more acceptable aggregation now than we were then," said Ponting, who is set to accomplish his 147th actualization at the Brisbane Candid Ground in the aboriginal Test.
"Batting collapses apparently were the acumen we absent the alternation aftermost time about and our disability to basin them out on the aftermost day in Cardiff.
"I've got aplomb in the band of players that we've got that they are activity to be acceptable abundant to win an Ashes series."
Ponting additionally declared Nathan Hauritz will be his first-choice spinner for the 2010/11 series, anecdotic the Queenslander as a "lock-in" for selection.The off-spinner was targeted as Australia's anemic articulation advanced of the 2009 series, area he took 10 wickets in three Tests, although a bottom abrasion affected the 28-year-old to absence Australia's contempo 1-1 alternation draw with Pakistan in England.