Ponting talks up Australia chances

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting is adamant his side now have the upper hand in the 2009 Ashes series and declared: "It will be difficult for England to bounce back now."

A comprehensive victory for Australia in the fourth Test at Headingley levelled the series at 1-1, leaving England needing a win in the final Test at The Oval to reclaim the Ashes urn.

But Ponting believes all the momentum is now with his side.

"Cricket for me is all about 1-1 in a Test series and going to a great venue like The Oval with only one to play," Ponting told the Daily Telegraph.

"It will be difficult for England to bounce back now. It will only be like that because of what we have got out of this game.

"We have got some of our guys who have been struggling for some touch now in the best form of their careers and everything is heading in the right direction at the right time. There is a lot of excitement about what is coming up."

He also took heart from the discussion over whether England should make changes to their batting line-up, with Surrey veteran Mark Ramprakash touted for a recall.

"Looking at the papers, they were talking about Ramprakash coming back," he added.

"The fact that has all started for us is terrific."