Boland joined the squad as cover with tempo colleague Josh Hazlewood on the sidelines of a sideline and Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser, who suffered the aftermath of playing in the second Test in Adelaide and made their red ball debut in Melbourne on Sunday.
He finished with the figures 6-7 in four overs in England’s second innings as Australia beat the Tourists by one innings and 14 runs to retain the Ashes with a 3-0 league win.
Despite Boland’s performance, Ponting suggested he could fight to play for Australia again due to their deep reserves for fast bowling.
“It could be the last test he plays,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “It’s dizzying to think about. He’s almost 33, he’s just taken six for seven.
“If Hoff’s (Hazlewood) is not available, I think you should return to Jhye. In that pick of things, he was selected before Boland to Adelaide – I think that’s the right thing to do.
“It was also not like Jhye bowled badly in Adelaide, he got five wickets in the second innings. On the pick order, it probably deserves to be Jhye, but it would be tough for Scotty.”
Ponting also blasted England for their weak decision-making during the series, pointing to their poor planning.
“All their planning, their thoughts and their structures have just been completely wrong and it’s come back to bite them,” Ponting told Channel 7. “They have conceived themselves with their choices.
“Choose your best team from the start and see how far that group can take you.
“The fact that Anderson and Broad did not play in Brisbane is staggering. The fact that Joe Root did not bowl first in Brisbane was overwhelming. The fact that Mark Wood did not play in Adelaide was overwhelming.”