Originally Posted by Richard
That just isn't what ANYONE says
. No-one has said it doesn't count. It's simply too much of a coincidence that so many players' scoring increased so rapidly at the exact same point for it to have been anything to do with batting improvement. Sure, Ponting was a better batsman in 2003 than 1999, but there's no way he was good enough to go from averaging 40 to averaging 70 (as he did). Nor is virtually anyone.
So why was he predicted to be the "next great player" at 15 by Rod Marsh?
Ponting is an incredibly gifted player who would've been great in any era
He's gone from a "kid" earning 500k to a married man earning 1 mill plus and captaining his country - that changes anyone bar a hack like John Terry
As it stands, he's possibly the second best ever but anyone that places him outside the top 10 is living in dream land