The 38-year-old, currently playing in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League with the Antigua Hawksbills, has found the current series tough viewing with England 3-0 up after four games.
Australia have been competitive in all but one of the matches, but their big weakness has come in their top order, where their batsmen have failed to fire.
With an immediate return Ashes series on the horizon, though, Ponting sees reasons to be optimistic.
"There's some challenges there for Australian cricket but with Darren Lehmann's appointment as coach and some of the younger guys they've got around there, I think there's enough talent," he said. "They're just going to have to learn and unfortunately at the moment they're learning the hard way.
"You can find some excuses for a few of the guys. A few of the guys are young players trying to find their way in the most pressurised series that there is in world cricket: Hughes, Khawaja, even Steve Smith - although he's played reasonably well at different times.
"But the thing that I keep referring to with that is if you take England back six or seven years when they had Bell just starting out, Cook just starting out - those guys weren't overnight successes.
"It's taken them that amount of time in the game to hit their straps as international players and that's what we have to do with our guys.
"We've got to identify the best players we've got, give them an opportunity and stick with them, even if we are losing games.
"If they're the best players we've got, they've got to learn and grow some confidence in that environment, not be in and out of the team all the time. That's the big challenge for us."
Ponting, whose retirement from the side along with Mike Hussey left Australia's batting line-up short of experience, believes the scoreline does not do Australia justice.
"I think the boys have probably played a little better than the scoreline reads," he said. "They've been in three Test matches with the chance to win all three, probably would have won at Old Trafford.
"But the scoreline reads 3-0 and that's the difference sometimes between the really good, experienced teams and the teams that are on the way up - the know-how to get across the line and win those games. And that's what England have done."