Originally Posted by tooextracool
Im going to say another thing here. No one can consistently maintain scoring 50s. Im going to use Ian Bell as an example here. Look at Ian Bell's career and you'll find that he scored plenty of pretty 50s and even maintained an average in excess of 40. However, when his form died and he went through a lean patch his average fell away and he had little to fall back on because he never managed to score any centuries and win matches.
Firstly, of course no one can score 50's every game. It was just an oversimplification used to show that how an opener scores doesn't matter. Now, let there be Batsman A who makes up his average by scoring heaps of intermediate scores (e.g. Watson) and Batsman B who makes up his average by scoring very high score or very low scores (e.g. Hayden). Both Batsmen A and B average the same as openers. So you are saying that if both batsmen go through a lean patch, for some magical reason Batsman A's average will drop more? And Batsmen's B average will somehow stay higher because they made more centuries in the past? That makes no sense whatsoever.