“Khawaja is a lock to go even though he hasn’t had a great series so far.
“On the back of what I saw today I really liked what I got to see from Marnus. His technique looked good.
“Travis Head, our second leading run-scorer in this series but once again just lots of starts without going on. I think they’ll probably stick with him,” Ponting added.
However, Ponting questioned veteran batsman Shaun Marsh’s form and said he cannot get out on a delivery which is not doing much.
“He’s averaging 34 in Test cricket and at his best he’s very good,” the former Australia captain said.
“We saw again today he started nice and positively and hit two really good cover drives and then it’s just the ball that doesn’t do anything that gets him out.
Both Khawaja and Head have notched up a half-century each in the ongoing Test century against India.
Australia will travel to United Kingdom for the Ashes, starting from August 1 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.