Ponting says that while the Ashes aren’t the sole reason for continuing his 162-Test career, it’s an opportunity he’d relish.

“If I’m a good enough player to do that then it’d be great to go back there one more time and hopefully have a few better memories of England than what I’ve had the last couple of tours.”

Ponting is the only Australian captain to surrender the Ashes twice on English soil, in 2005 and 2009. England retained the urn 3-1 in Ponting’s final series as captain in 2010-11.

“Everybody is (after redemption) as far as Ashes cricket is concerned,” he told a press conference in Sydney.

Ponting would be well into his 39th year by the time the Ashes tour winds up in England, but the man many feel is second only to Sir Donald Bradman in the history of Australian Test batsmen can take heart from the Don’s own record. Bradman was two weeks shy of his 40th birthday when he played his final Ashes Test.

Ponting believes as long as he has the desire to play for Australia he has no reason to walk away from the game.

“I love the game and I love every opportunity I get to represent my country,” Ponting said.

“One thing I’ve always been conscious of is not letting my team-mates down and not letting my country down … I’m not going to keep playing and drag myself through times where I don’t think I can play great cricket.

“I’ve proved to a lot of people this summer I can still play great cricket for Australia and be as good as anybody out there on the field. That’s what I’m planning to do for the next period of time.”

The biggest challenge for Ponting will be ensuring he gets enough cricket between Test series.

He has all but ruled out playing English county cricket between Australia’s final Test in the Caribbean in April and their next home series against South Africa in November. For the moment, retirement is not an option.

“Not really,” Ponting quickly responded when asked if he had thought of giving the game away after his ODI snub.

“I had a lot of thinking to do in a short period of time because this has all happened really quickly for me.

“My love and passion for the game has not wavered at all and even being dropped from the Australian cricket team hasn’t changed the way I think about the Test game.

“All I’ve got left now is Test cricket and I want to make every post a winner with that and make sure every chance I have to play for Australia I’m the best prepared I can be and enjoy every moment.”