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Not much time for England to turn things: Ponting

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 08:50 IST

Ricky Ponting expects Australia's winning form to carry through to this week's second Ashes Test as England search to resolve their selection issues ahead of Adelaide.

England leave chastened by a massive 277-run loss to Ponting's team, succumbing to defeat early on the final day here today to put immediate pressure on Andrew Flintoff's team to hold on to the Ashes.

With just four days to the next Test, Ponting believes the scheduling has worked in Australia's favour and will look to take a firm grip on the five-Test series with victory in Adelaide from Friday.

"It will be terrific for us, having played as well as we have," Ponting enthused after leading Australia to his 23rd win as skipper in 31 Tests.

"There's not much time for England to go away and do too much to get their game in order, that's the way I'm looking at it.

"We'll be right to hit the track again on Friday and there's a really good feeling around the group having played as well as we have over the last five days so we can continue that and carry it into Adelaide."

While Ponting has the luxury of which players to leave out of a winning side, if necessary, England will have to think long and hard what to do with mis-firing pace spearhead Steve Harmison.

The Durham giant stuttered from the first ball of the Test when he spectacularly sprayed a wide to second slip.