Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said today he was as hungry as ever despite his side's loss in the Ashes series and would love to tour England again in 2013, even if he was no longer Test captain.
Ponting faced a grilling from the media at Sydney Airport after arriving back on home soil as the first Australian captain in 119 years to lose two Ashes series in England.
He batted away suggestions he may stand down as captain, saying he wanted a chance at redemption in the next Ashes tour of England in four years' time, when he will be 38 years old.
"Having a pretty bitter and sour taste in my mouth at the end of that Test match, I'd love to be able to go back and give it one more crack," Ponting said.
Australia's most prolific scorer of Test runs said he still had a lot to offer the team, both as a batsman and a leader, but vowed to continue his Test career even if he lost the captaincy.
"If it ends up getting to the point where I'm not the captain, my hunger and determination to keep playing this game are as good as ever," he said.
"If that's with a 'c' next to my name, all well and good. If it's not, I still think I have a lot to offer, particularly a lot of the younger guys who are around our set-up at the moment.