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Mitchell Johnson, Ricky Ponting & Marcus North

Mitchell Johnson's five-wicket haul wrapped up Australia's series-levelling victory at Headingley Carnegie yesterday

Ricky Ponting is delighted his Australia team have given him the chance to address the major blot on his captaincy CV, following victory over England in the fourth npower Test.

The Ashes defeat four years ago still rankles with Ponting, so the innings-and-80-run win has provided the chance to avenge that loss by retaining the urn once more.

Pace trio Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus shared 17 wickets at Headingley Carnegie and Marcus North was named man of the match for his second hundred of the series.

Just about every other member of the team also contributed positively to see off England and level the series at 1-1 heading to the Brit Oval.

“It’s a chance that I’ve been waiting for all tour,” Ponting said. “The chance that the whole team has been waiting for.

“After we lost at Lord’s we’ve been wanting to play well and win again to get back to 1-1.

“We needed to win this game to get things back to level pegging.

“I’ve said from the start how much it would mean to me to win here and it’s exactly the same for every other guy on this touring squad at the moment.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment to come around and now that we’ve got things back on track and are playing good cricket then we’re all very excited about it.

“It’s going to be a very special week for us next week.”

The sense of superiority displayed by Australia in a little more than seven sessions in Leeds came against an England team who headed into the final day of the Edgbaston Test a week ago confident of going 2-0 up.

The series-levelling triumph came on the day Justin Langer’s leaked dossier on England’s strengths and weaknesses was published in the Sunday Telegraph.

But Langer’s former international team-mate revealed he learned little from the document.

“I’ve played as much against these guys as Justin has, so I pretty much knew about their personalities and the way a lot of these guys played,” Ponting added.

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